The plight of Australia's underprivileged became clearer after the Salvation Army released a profile of its client base, ahead of its annual Red Shield Appeal this weekend.
The report, in the organisation's words, painted a bleak picture of everyday life for those accessing its services.
"Some of them are on benefits but they're finding the benefits inadequate for their daily needs and for many of these people they are quite good budgeters because they don't have much to work with," said Salvation Army spokesperson Bruce Harmer.
"They make ends meet with the best they can by having to make choices that you and me take for granted. Choices like do I keep my children fed or do I keep my children warm?"
The survery of almost three-thousand people across the country found that these tough decisions are also increasingly being made by young, single parents.
The survey found that most people seeking help from the Salvos don't have their own savings, and two-thirds will cut down on basic necessities of life.