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The Focus Ireland-commissioned report was based on a survey of ten families living in emergency accommodation.
Recent figures from the Department of Housing show there are a record number of homeless families living in hotels, hostels and Bed and Breakfasts.
The provision of food and kitchen facilities varies across the different types of accommodation.
Focus Ireland said the independent research highlights the difficulties faced by families in emergency accommodation in accessing healthy food and having normal family meals
Parents interviewed spoke of problems finding healthy meals for their children due to restricted kitchen times of and a lack of storage facilities for utensils and food.
Although families did not report insufficient money for food, they spent more on ready meals and takeaways than they would have before becoming homeless
The report recommends that rules in relation to the use of kitchen and eating facilities need to be flexible to meet families’ different routines.
It also recommended that all emergency accommodation must provide a kitchen table in a private and appropriately sized space.