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The Socialist 27 June 2012 |
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Teachers report children going hungry
"The Guardian revealed some quite shocking figures about teachers having to feed children. But this has been going on for a long time - it isn't anything new. Certainly in my school we are feeding the children ourselves - we have a number of children who regularly need to have a breakfast and a dinner because their families don't get benefits and they're not entitled to free school meals.
We also regularly contribute to the food banks in Coventry and we have a number of parents who regularly have to use the food banks. I think in a wealthy country, we should be judging it on whether we can feed our kids and we can't - that needs to change, the only way that will change is with a redistribution of wealth across the board."
Nicky Downes, Primary school teacher, Coventry
83% - Teachers report seeing children hungry in the mornings
40% - Some schools report as many as 4/10 first aid referrals last year were caused by a lack of breakfast
20% - Teachers say the increase in pupil hunger since the recession has been 'dramatic'