The survey by the Young Women’s Trust also reveals that more than a quarter have used a food bank.
Almost half of young mothers in the UK are skipping meals so they can afford to feed their hungry children, while more than a quarter have had to use a food bank, a shocking new survey reveals today.
A survey of more than 300 mums by Survation, on behalf of the Young Women’s Trust, found that 46 per cent of mums aged under 25 in the UK regularly miss meals in order to provide for their children, with 61 per cent saying they were struggling to cope financially.
Anna, 23, spoke about how she was referred to a food bank, after a back operation meant she couldn’t return to work as soon as she had hoped.
“I was working but have been off for a couple of months after a back operation”, she said.
“Due to the long recovery I ended up on Statutory Sick Pay, and the drop in money coming in compared to my normal wage has meant I’ve really struggled to pay bills, rent and feed myself and my young son. Something had to give.
“The food bank has been a real lifeline and I’m very grateful for all the support and help the lovely volunteers have given me, but I never imagined I’d need their help.”
The nationwide food bank charity Trussell Trust provided 519,342 three-day emergency food parcels between April and September 2016, compared to 506,369 during the same period the previous year. 188,584 of these went to children.