Lancashire County Council is joining forces with local food banks to find out more about people who cannot afford to eat healthily.
The authority wants to find out more about food poverty and how it affects communities.
There are 35 food banks across Lancashire, and the county council has arranged three “Food Bank Summits” so that cabinet members and health experts can meet with workers from the food banks to research health issues.
Coun Azhar Ali, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said more information was needed: “This is a serious problem as too little healthy food, particularly in children, can lead to malnutrition.
“The food banks across Lancashire do a superb job of helping people on low incomes to get good, healthy meals.”