Children going to bed hungry, waiting for lunch break at school for the only decent (and sometimes the only) meal of the day. Tales of giving babies up for adoption and eating rats… These are not tales of a third world country but United states of America!
A video by BBC Panorama breaks your heart.
Panorama’s Hilary Andersson travelled to Whitney Elementary School in Las Vegas to meet some of America's poor kids. She came across tales of horror!
Children told of going to bed hungry and worrying about their families, while school officials said some children were resorting to eating "ketchup soup".
According to BBC almost 47 million Americans depend on food banks and one in five children receives food aid.
The problems are reflected across America, says the nationwide charity Feeding America, which operates 200 food banks and feeds 37 million people each year, including 14 million children.
It says that, in total, nearly 17 million US children live in homes where getting enough healthy food is not something they can count on.
In many areas schools take part in a "backpack" program, set up to deliver food parcels to the most vulnerable on a Friday - so that they have enough to eat over the weekend.
You can watch the entire video here.