The Food Foundation has published new research highlighting a sharp increase in the number of people experiencing food insecurity, up from 7.3% of households to 8.8% – or 4.7 million adults in the UK. Food insecurity means being unable to afford food and as a result having smaller meals than usual, skipping meals; being hungry but not eating because of food costs, or not eating for a whole day. Disabled people are highlighted as one of the groups most affected, being 5 times more likely to be at risk from food insecurity compared to non-disabled people.

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