Hundreds of Jersey's children are going to school hungry and some are arriving "covered in rat bites", according to the CEO of the States.
Speaking to members of the Chamber of Commerce today (Wednesday), Charlie Parker addressed the issue of poverty among the island's young people.
He said schools were having to feed hundreds of children across Jersey, who arrive without having been fed at home.
The CEO was attending the lunch to outline his priorities for the future, having spent several weeks learning how the States operates.
He spoke passionately about improving things for the island's children, and said there was not enough investment in making sure islanders get the best start in life.
He used the example of some children arriving at school having been bitten by rats.