It's no surprise that many children are going hungry given the state of our economy over the last few years but what is surprising is that more isn't being done. I find it appalling that even one child goes to school hungry, goes home hungry or goes to bed hungry. No child should ever go hungry and when it happens in the United States, it's really disheartening given our reputation as a leader. A new report called the Teachers Report provides insight based on a survey of public school teachers from around the nation about hunger in the classroom as well as their thoughts on possible solutions. Here are the startling findings:
- A majority of teachers say “most” or “a lot” of their students rely on school meals as their primary source of nutrition.
- More than 75% of teachers say that the U.S. should make childhood hunger a “top” or “high” priority.
- A majority of teachers say they have kids in their classes who regularly come to school hungry. 80% of those who see hungry kids say these children are coming to school hungry at least once a week.
- More than 8 in 10 teachers say breakfast helps students concentrate, contributes to better academic performance and leads to healthier students with fewer headaches and fewer stomach aches.
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