One in every five people in the UK today are living in poverty that is, living with a household income below 60% of the median national income when housing costs are considered. Poverty is linked directly to how people access food.
A recent Social Market Foundation (SMF) study confirms a growing body of academic research that shows that food is a key component of household budgets . When these budgets are stretched, families trade down on their food choices.
One in three low-income households in the survey indicates that they buy cheaper and less healthy food in order to make their budgets stretch. Many adults reported cutting back on their own food so that others in their family, such as children, can eat.