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© PressTVA new study has found that British parents skip meals so their families don’t go hungry.

A new study has revealed that more than one in four people in the United Kingdom have skipped thier meals and gone hungry over the past year to feed their families.

The research carried out by the UK's biggest provider of food bank the Trussell Trust, food distribution organization FareShare and supermarket giant Tesco, found that 40 per cent of households across Britain have seen their financial situation deteriorate over the last year as they can barely make ends meet amid rising costs of living and stagnant wages.

The report further noted that only over a quarter of the respondents said they have managed to purchase the same amount of healthy and nutritious food as they did a year ago, while almost two thirds stated that they will be cutting back on heating in order to be able to provide food for their families.

Moreover, the study showed that 33 per cent of lower-income consumers are concerned about their job security, 33 per cent are worried about mortgage or rental payments and 53 per cent are concerned about household bills.

"This shocking research confirms what we're seeing on the ground; people across the country are finding it incredibly tough," Lindsay Boswell, chief executive of FareShare, said.

"The deeply distressing reality for Britain this Christmas is that thousands of families will struggle to put food on the table," Chris Mould, chief executive of the Trussell Trust, said.

A report by aid and development charity Oxfam and social justice charity Church Action on Poverty warned in May that the United Kingdom is now facing "destitution, hardship and hunger on a large scale."

Factors behind the increase on those using emergency help include rising food prices, unemployment and energy costs, the report said.

"There is a real risk that the benefit cuts and the introduction of Universal Credit ... will lead to even larger numbers being forced to turn to food banks. Food banks may not have the capacity to cope with the increased level of demand," it pointed out.