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Hungry kids rising in UK schools, says Kellogg’s

Written on:October 16, 2023
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Rising number of hungry kids in British schools could pose various health problems for the kids

Hungry children in UK schools are rising, is the unsettling conclusion of a report presented by Kellogg’s. The report and the preceding research have indicated that a shortage of money and interest in parents in providing a wholesome breakfast to their kids has led to pupils turning up to their schools in a hungry state.

As per the report, nearly 80% of the 500 teachers, questioned during the research, have remarked that their students are attending the lessons in a hungry condition, not having eaten adequately.

68% of the teachers asserted the chief reason behind the pupils arriving on an empty stomach is indifference from their parents. Parents, not spending adequate time at home, also caused hungry kids.

However, the report has a gladdening aspect, which utters some teachers are purchasing foodstuffs for their hungry pupils from their own purse. 16% of the primary teachers surveyed stated they spent nearly £25 per month on food purchases for feeding hungry students.

The report states the food given by teachers to their hungry pupils isn’t always wholesome as 17% of the teachers questioned take cakes, bonbons and chocolates to schools. 45% to 60% bring to their schools rice cakes, cereal bars and healthful snacks.

The report has warned unfed pupils in schools can experience weakening of concentration, behavioural crises and wearisomeness, which can harm pupils’ comprehension.

Kellogg’s, which published this report to symbolise the début of its ‘help give a child a breakfast’ campaign, has highlighted that ‘breakfast clubs’ are an affordable way to make certain that kids eat before going to school. But Kellogg’s has elucidated its apprehensiveness as several ‘breakfast clubs’ in English schools have terminated operations in the previous year due to ‘dearth of money.’

Earlier, in 2012, an Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) survey found that almost 33% of the teachers don’t deem that ‘school meals’ are ‘value for money’ as some schools offered chips, pasta and rice instead of salads/vegetables to their pupils. More ‘free school meals’ are being offered, which is a sign of increasing poverty, as more UK families are harassed by economic troubles.

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2 Comments add one

  1. Craig says:

    The economic crisis in the UK is affecting the kids…which is sad….

  2. Felix says:

    Hunger in UK schools?…. I mean…surely…the hunger can’t be worse than the hunger of poverty-stricken children in the poorest parts of Africa….

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