Families with children three times more likely to be in food poverty - report
SOME 450,000 people in Ireland cannot afford to eat properly.
And families with children are three times as likely as those without to be in food poverty, a new study published by Safefood has found.
"The experience of food poverty is very real and damaging to the health of children and adults and impacts on their future prospects," Dail Health Committee chairman Dr Jerry Buttimer said today.
The new report published by Safefood shows 10pc of the population experienced food poverty in 2010, an increase of 3pc since the previous year.
The study measures the numbers of people unable to afford a meal with meat every second day, cook a roast dinner once a week or who had missed a meal in the last fortnight because they couldn't afford it.
However food poverty was lower in Ireland than in many other European countries, including Germany, Britain and Italy, the study shows.
Meanwhile a separate survey carried out for Kelloggs Ireland found that 69pc of teachers said pupils were coming to school hungry in the mornings.
Most teachers attributed that to apathy or a lack of time at home, but a third believed it was down to a lack of money.
And some 59pc of teachers said the problem had got worse in the last year, the online survey of 550 teachers by Empathy Research found.