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."
More top news
Too many patients who undergo emergency bowel surgery are dying because of inconsistent care practices, health experts have warned.
A report by a think-tank that claims more than half of households take more in benefits than pay in tax has been condemned as 'spin'.
The Education Secretary has set her sights on 'coasting' schools that have "fallen under the radar" with plans to force improvements.