SYDNEY, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- Around 45,000 households in Australia do not have enough money to feed their families, a report released on Tuesday by Anglicare Australia found.
The report of the nationwide network of locally based Anglican organizations found that adults in 22,000 households went without food for a whole day most weeks because they could not afford it.
One in 10 of those households also reported that children went without food for a whole day on a regular basis.
Anglicare's Executive Director Kasy Chambers said the findings were just the "tip of the iceberg" as they only reflected people currently using Anglicare services.
"Our research clearly indicates that parents try to protect their children by deliberately missing meals themselves and sometimes going without food for a whole day," Chambers said in a statement on Tuesday.
"Unexpected expenses such as a high power bill, rent increase or car repairs can make people's food insecure because food is often the only discretionary item in their weekly budget," she said.