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Poor parents sending their kids to relatives during Covid so they can get food

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Hard-up parents who cannot afford to feed their children during the coronavirus crisis are sending kids to relatives for meals, MPs were told tonight.

Food Foundation executive director Anna Taylor said youngsters were being moved around families just so they could eat. A study of children aged between eight and 17 found one in five “had experience of some form of food insecurity” over Christmas, Ms Taylor told the Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee.

Some were “being sent to other relatives to eat because there's not enough food at home”, she added. Others kids told how their mums and dads were skipping meals so at least youngsters ate.

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