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Four in ten NZ households are not 'food secure', meaning they often go hungry or skip meals because of poverty.

Four in five households say that a lack of money defined how often they ate and how healthy the food they ate was.

Almost half of all Kiwi families say that they are only just getting by day to day due to money issues.

Four in ten families living in poverty are the 'working poor', where at least one or more householders are in full-time employment.

Over half of all families in NZ experience income poverty for at least a year after a child is born.

Around half of children living in poverty come from a family with only one or two children.

Over half of children living in poverty come from a single parent home.

One in four of all children in New Zealand live in income poverty, leaving many unable to experience the basics that many of us take for granted.

Dealing with the negative consequences of child poverty costs the public over $10 billion each year.

Poverty affects a child's health both now and in the future; maltreated children are more likely to have poor mental health and to have commited crime.

One in ten children live in material hardship, meaning they are forced to go without seven or more items considered necessary for their wellbeing.

Four out of every five teens aged 15-19 are not employed.

One out of ten Kiwi children live in severe poverty, meaning they lack even the basics required for them to grow up safe, healthy and happy. Chances are you know a child who needs help.

Many of these children in poverty are aged between 0-4 years, an age when the most important physical, mental and emotional development is taking place.

For three out of five of these children living in poverty, the poverty exists for at least seven years. And the longer the period on low income, the greater the harm it does to them.

1 in 100 Kiwis are homeless, or living in a housing situation that is unsafe or unhealthy to them.

There are 24,000 homeless people living in Auckland alone.

New Zealand has the worst homeless rates in the OECD, ahead of the Czech Republic and close to double the rate of Australia.

Children from low-income families don't always have access to education of extra-curricular activities.

Many Kiwis who live in poverty can't afford basics like sheets and proper bedding.

In 2017, The Salvation Army gave out over 62,000 food parcels to 30,000 families in need, an average of about two parcels per family. 60% of those families receiving food support had never come to the Army for help before.

In 2017, The Salvation Army delivered over 15,000 budgeting sessions to families in need. Of these families receiving budgeting help, almost 70% had never come to the Army for help before.

In 2017, The Salvation Army handed out over 10,500 practical items to over 6,500 families in need. Almost 80% of these people had never come to the Army for help before.