A woman has revealed how she was left with little choice but to eat dog food to survive while struggling to raise three kids.
The mum, known only as Tiffanie, was speaking to the charity Magic Breakfast as part of a new film highlighting poverty in the UK.
She said: “Hunger is something that should not be going on in England.
“Many years that I have gone without – you could see the bones jutting out of my chest because I had three children and it’s me they’re relying on.
“I remember things being really bad, to the point where at times I ate dog food.”
On finding out that getting a job would mean being stripped of other benefits, she said: “Things that you were once entitled to, now you’re no longer entitled to those things, then you realise you’re working and still in poverty.
“In my opinion the system is broken, it doesn’t seem to reflect the needs of the modern family.”
Dog food, like any food-related item on UK shop shelves, is actually safe for humans to eat.
The Mirror reports that another contributor to the YouTube film called No Child Too Hungry to tells how household bills “swallow” all her money.
Bills are set to rise in April, as the energy cap will increase by 51%.
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Community nurse Claire said: “For the people that earn just enough not to get any help, I think that section of people struggle a lot.
“All their income goes on bills and rent, and then there’s nothing left over.
“It’s hard with the children. I have had sleepless nights thinking about whether I’m going to have enough for the shopping.
“That’s a terrible thing to worry about – how you’re going to feed your baby.”
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The film is accompanied by a new study showing how eight out of 10 schools say that hunger among pupils “climbed” over the last 12 months.
Charity boss Lindsey Macdonald said: “The scale of poverty and hunger in the UK is at a critical level.
“It has a devastating impact on the children who start each day without any food to wake up to.”
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