One million adults say they or someone in their household had to go a full day without food at some point in the past month, according to stark new figures.
The food insecurity research shows difficulty affording and accessing food is on the rise across the UK as the cost of living bites.
Nearly nine per cent of households – 4.7 million adults – are struggling to get the food they need, The Food Foundation found.
The data comes amid concerns over the government’s levelling up white paper, which does not commit to reducing food insecurity rates despite it being a “vital measure” in monitoring severe material deprivation.
Anna Taylor, executive director of the charity, said: “If the government wants to really get to grips with the issue, a comprehensive approach to levelling up must tackle food insecurity head on.”
People classed as food insecure might have smaller meals than usual or skip them altogether due to difficulties affording or accessing food, even when they are hungry.