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Children Come to School Hungry

Posted 98 days ago | 10.01.19

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Children Come to School Hungry

Siobhan Collingwood, head teacher of a school in Morecambe, Lancashire has reported that one in ten of its pupils come from families who are using food banks to survive. She says that children are arriving at a school so hungry they are searching the bins for food.


A cross-party group of MPs has called on the government to appoint a Minister for Hunger to deal with what they describe as  "food insecurity" with special attention being given to children.


Ms Colligwood said: "Unfortunately I've got the faces behind the statistics.” She says she knows f 35 children at her school whose families use food banks, but added: "It's probably higher because they are the ones we know about."

 

The Environmental Audit Committee highlighted 2017 Unicef figures showing 19% of children under 15 in the UK live with adults who struggle to buy food. The government said the number of children living in workless households is at a record low.


Staff notice behavioural changes in children who are food deprived. They become obsessed with food, and some take apple cores from waste bins.




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