Half of teachers see children turning up to school hungry

Over half of teachers see children arriving at school hungry at least once a week, with almost 80% saying that this number has increased in the last year.

Half of teachers see children turning up to school hungry

The survey of more than 3,000 people was done by Behaviour & Attitudes on behalf of Kellogg’s and found that food poverty is still a harsh reality for many families, with more than one fifth worried over the amount of money they have to spend on food.

Families with primary-school children are more likely to feel the pressure, with one third saying they were concerned over their food budget.

The report reveals that, among lower- income households, food poverty is as high as 11%, while only 4% of highest income groups cite food poverty as an issue.

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Teachers are also seeing the impact of food poverty in their schools with 53% of those surveyed, noticing children arriving at school hungry at least once a week. A total of 77% of teachers said the number of children coming to school hungry has increased in the last year.

Half of the teachers surveyed also said that more than one third of parents have expressed concern over their ability to make their food budget stretch to the end of the week, while one fifth struggle to fund their family food budget over the weekend.

The study also found that one in five households with children has even had to change their eating habits due to financial constraints.

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