The mother says she has been caught by police with trolleys full of food outside supermarkets.
A mum-of-four stuck in poverty says desperation to feed her hungry children drove her to steal.
Rachel – not her real name – was spoke about her theft at stores including Asda at a Changing Lives charity event which she says has completely turned her life around.
The Kirby, Merseyside, mum said:
“I’ll be honest, I have been into supermarkets and I’ve walked out with trolleys full of food and I’ve been caught by the police.
“I’ve been on a tag for it because I walked out of the Asda – but I have to feed my children, you know.
“It’s hard and I will go and do it. I don’t want to do it. If my kids need to eat, what do you do?”
Her story underlines the severity of food poverty in Merseyside where the Liverpool has launched a Share Your Lunch Holiday Hunger.
Thousands of children are set to go hungry when the long summer holidays kick in and school meals disappear.