Parents are going without meals or surviving on cereal to help feed their children over the school holidays, an MP has said.
In a letter to ministers, Frank Field said evidence given to his Work and Pensions Select Committee by mothers was "profoundly distressing".
He urged the government to take immediate action to help those struggling without free school meals.
The government said it recognised that some families needed more support.
In his letter to new Education Secretary Gavin Williamson and Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd, independent MP Mr Field said: "We heard about parents going without meals and surviving on cereal just to make sure their children were fed.