'They come to school and have not had breakfast' says teacher

New research by the Children's Society charity has found that two thirds (66%) of school staff say that teachers are providing pupils with food or money for meals if they turn up for lessons hungry.

One teacher told researchers: "They come to school and have not had breakfast. They take toast that they have not paid for because they are so hungry."

Another teacher said: "Last month I found two girls sat on the toilet floor sharing one's packed lunch because the other girl had no lunch money."

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Children going hungry at school

Children are still turning up to school hungry and skipping meals at lunchtime because they cannot afford to eat, according to research by the Children's Society charity.