Some one million British children are exposed to “food insecurity” and most of them eat less than two meals a day, charity Kids Company says.
The charity said the children who typically eat only 10 meals a week and have no idea where their next meal comes from are from chaotic families or poverty-stricken households.
Kids Company, which provides service to children for their main meal of the day, said some parents are “just not managing to have food in the house.”
The charity added it is aware of cases when a starving child had to steel frozen meat and eat it uncooked and a mother who had to raise her newborn solely on breastfeeding because she could not buy food.
According to the charity, the number of children it is now giving food to, has risen from 30 a week last year to 70 now.
This comes as official figures put the number of children in “severe and persistent” poverty at around one million.
“We are seeing a lot more children struggling to get hold of food,” Camila Batmanghelidjh, founder of Kids Company said.
“We have kids who were so starving they stole frozen meat from a flat they visited and they ate it raw. We’re seeing effectively responsible parents who are just not managing to have food in the house,” she added.
Kids Company revelations follow a study by Netmums that found 62 percent of 1,116 parents it surveyed knew children whose parents cannot afford to buy food.
The findings also showed 56 percent of the respondents knew alcoholic or drug-addicted parents who did not feed their children because of their abuse.
Netmums and Kids Company have launched a campaign to raise £1million to fund meals for starving children.