One in every five Australian children has gone hungry in the past 12 months according to a new report, with some even resorting to chewing paper to try to feel full.
The survey of 1,000 parents commissioned by Foodbank shows 22 per cent of Australian children under the age of 15 live in a household that has run out of food at some stage over the past year.
One in five kids affected go to school without eating breakfast at least once a week, while one in 10 go a whole day at least once a week without eating anything at all.
What the report says:
- One in five children have gone hungry at some stage in the past year
- Of those, 18 per cent go to school without eating breakfast at least once a week
- 11 per cent go to bed without eating dinner at least once a week
- 9 per cent go all day without eating at least once a week
- 29 per cent of parents facing food stress often go without so their kids can eat
Source: Rumbling Tummies: Child Hunger in Australia (Foodbank)