Food security status for different people in poverty

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Children in poverty are the most likely to be suffering from food insecurity. Around 26% of children in poverty live in a household with low or very low food security, compared with 22% of working-age adults.

Of all the people in poverty pensioners are the least likely to be food insecure. Only 3% of pensioners in poverty were suffering from food insecurity in 2019/20.

When we look at the data by family type, families consisting of single adults with children in poverty are the most likely to be suffering from food insecurity (40%). Of all the family types they are also the most likely to report marginal food security.

Single adults without children are the second most common family type to have a low or very low food security.

The data presented here is from our 2022 UK Poverty report, setting out the trends and impacts of poverty across the UK. Read the full report at UK Poverty 2022.