Single mother of 3 ate only one meal a day for 2 months so the kids wouldn’t go hungry

Claire Pulfrey has seen her energy spend more than double, from £10 a week at the start of the year to nearly £25 today

Claire with her prepaid electric meter, which adds to her bills

A mother-of-three has told how she’s been eating just one meal a day for the past two months so her own sons don’t go hungry after the cost-of-living crisis marginalized them.

Single mum Claire Pulfrey, 38, has seen how much she spends on energy, from £10 a week earlier in the year to nearly £25 today.

She is therefore very committed to ensuring that all children from poorer families receive free school meals.

She says: “It would mean that parents would no longer have to worry about money for school meals or packed lunches and maybe have some left over to pay the bills or buy more food to take home.

Claire has only eaten once a day for months to ensure her children are well fed


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“I know how it feels to be on the limit and not knowing if you have enough money to get through the week. Anything that could help put a little money in our pockets would be of great help.”

As her weekly groceries have risen in price, Claire – who is a member of the Mirror’s Cost of Living Panel – says she has skipped breakfast and lunch each day, with her only meal being in the evenings with her sons Dan, 17, and Theo, nine , was captured and Samuel, seven years old.

Claire from Grimsby, a former teaching assistant at a special school, says: “I started missing breakfast after my money went down in January. But then my energy bills started to mount, so I had decided not to eat lunch in April either.

Claire with her three sons – she hardly eats so they have enough to eat and not go hungry

“I could handle this if only food prices went up. But my gas and electricity went up so much, that’s what blew me away. So now I have one meal a day and that’s fine as long as my kids aren’t going hungry.”

Claire says her body “got used to” only eating at tea time. “It’s mind over matter. I try to move on with things that help me forget.

“Initially I got very sluggish and tired, but now I think my body has gotten used to it.

“If I have a little extra, I might treat myself to a little sandwich, but that’s rare. I used to have a sandwich, some yogurt, a piece of fruit or a packet of chips, but now I’m trying to hold out until I’ve made dinner for everyone in the evening.”

Claire’s story comes as the Mirror reported the government is being urged to give free school meals to children in Universal Credit families.

Families on UC can only get free school meals if their annual income is less than £7,400, excluding benefits.

Boris Johnson has been heavily criticized for not doing enough to fix the cost of living crisis



A letter from unions NEU, ASCL, NASUWT and the charity TeachFirst to Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi warned that school lunches can be a child’s only hot, nutritious meal in a day and that hunger can be a “real obstacle to learning”. can.

The group said: “A quality school meal helps improve children’s concentration and behavior during lessons.

“We are seeing firsthand the impact they can have on improving school attendance, children’s health and school performance.

“The deepening cost of living crisis means many people are now struggling to afford school lunches.

“We see the devastating reality that children who attend school cannot afford lunch because their family circumstances mean they do not fall under the restrictive free school lunch criteria.”

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