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Hunger in the Classroom

There was a nationwide survey of elementary and middle school examining childhood hunger in the classroom. The results are startling - 62 percent of teachers say they see children who regularly come to school hungry each week because they are not getting enough to eat at home. And over one half of teachers say that they spend money from their own pocket to buy food for kids in their classroom. Whether they work in urban, rural or suburban communities, teachers believe high numbers of children are coming to school too hungry to learn.

The survey also reinforces what we've long known, that schools and school meals are a safety net for children struggling with hunger. Almost two-thirds of teachers believe that most or a lot of their students rely on school meals as their primary source of nutrition.

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