More than a quarter of Dundee children are living in poverty, according to latest figures.
In some areas of the city, one in three youngsters are below the poverty line as parents struggle to feed their families.
The East End has 36% of kids classified as being in poverty, while Lochee and the North East of the city both have 30%.
On average across the city, 26% of children are poverty-stricken more than one in four.
Mary Kinninmonth, director of Dundee Citizens Advice Bureau, said that some parents in the city were forced to make the choice between heating and food.
She said: “There are people who often don’t eat properly themselves, to make sure they can feed their children.
“Sometimes it is a stark choice between heating and eating.
“It is unfortunate that Dundee is up there in areas of deprivation in Scotland and people are struggling to make ends meet.
“There is a need to ensure that people are having a basic standard of living and aren’t pushed into what is defined as poverty, but that isn’t happening.”
Coldside has 29% of children suffering, while Maryfield has 28% and Strathmartine 27%.
Figures were worked out by looking at the number of homes with low income, as well as those living in material deprivation.
Lord Provost Bob Duncan said that the local authority was working hard on the issue.
He said: “We want to give all children the chance to develop, with good prospects and a future that is bright.
“This is something that we are currently tackling along with all our partner organisations. It isn’t just cash poverty either it also can be with education, health and exercise.
“We are working hard to eradicate child poverty because it is not something anyone wants to be seeing.”
The lowest figure for a Dundee ward was Broughty Ferry, at 7%, while the West End had 19%.
John Dickie, head of the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland, said problems were expected to rise with changes to the benefits systems and Dundee would suffer more than elsewhere.
He said: “Any reduction in child poverty was welcome, but overshadowed by frightening forecasts of a massive surge in child poverty as UK tax and benefit changes kick in.
“With Dundee already suffering disproportionate levels of child poverty, the concern is the city will suffer more than most.”