Nearly a third of all teachers who were surveyed said they took food into school to feed pupils. Photograph: Martin Argles for the Guardian
A sixth of teachers are spending up to £25 a month buying bread, fruit and snacks to feed pupils who turn up to school without having eaten breakfast, according to the findings of a survey.
Almost four out of five teachers reported an increase in the prevalence of pupils arriving at school hungry over the last 12 months. Two thirds of those teachers blamed "parental apathy" – parents not having the time or inclination to prepare breakfast – for hungry children but half of teachers also attributed increased pupil hunger to "financial hardship" caused by government spending cuts, unemployment and rising living costs, according to the survey of 500 UK teachers carried out by food company Kellogg's.
Nearly a third of all teachers who were surveyed said they took food into school to feed pupils, with one in six primary school teachers saying they do this once a week, and 16% saying they spend up to £24.99 a month on food for pupils.