One-third of people surveyed went without meals in the past year to ensure their family was fed as rising living costs forced cutbacks on bare essentials, News Limited reported on Monday.
Seventy-five per cent of more than 1000 people surveyed also said they had to cut back on buying food or cut some items out of their shopping lists altogether.
Staples such as meat, fruit and bread were among the most common items cut out.
More than 60 per cent of people said they worried at least some of the time about not having enough money to feed their family.Welfare groups said the survey results reflected the dire economic straits in which many families found themselves in 2011. Source