Child HUNGER Reported – This Is Heartbreaking

Children Reportedly Going Hungry in England

Children Reportedly Going Hungry in England

(ConservativeHub.com) – School professionals in England are reporting serious issues with hungry children. Some British kids are going without meals, sometimes for over 24 hours, because their families are struggling. The Food Foundation reported shortages are impacting about 13.8% of households in the country.

The Problem in Schools

Chefs in Schools, a charitable organization working with schools to optimize cafeteria programs, plans to release a report in October, according to The Guardian. The charity told the media outlet teachers have reported seeing an increase in students who can’t eat lunch because they lack food or money. Educators even say some students eat non-edible items or pretend to eat a meal from empty lunch boxes.

Schools are scraping up supplies to feed these kids. Some teachers make breakfast in class because kids are so hungry they can’t focus, The Guardian reports. But schools aren’t receiving adequate funding to feed the hungry children, and administrators have already stretched budgets tightly. Additionally, low-income families may need to choose between food and heat this winter due to rising energy costs, potentially worsening nutritional shortages.

Issues in the Community

Families looking to charities for help are finding disappointment more often instead. Community food banks and other groups feeding the hungry are seeing high demands. They can barely keep up, and some organizations have had to reduce services, finding it impossible to help everyone.

The Problem

According to the World Food Programme, “acute food insecurity” has surged from about 135 million in 53 nations to 345 million in 82 nations over the last two years. Reports suggest that multi-faceted forces are helping to drive food insecurity globally. For instance, the COVID-19 pandemic led to inflation, higher energy costs, and supply chain disruptions. Sometimes, companies can’t get the supplies or labor they need to make products.

Meanwhile, there’s the impact of the Ukraine-Russia conflict. The region produces much of the world’s supply of grains and fertilizers, and the war has already resulted in shortages.

Whether faced with food insecurity, nutritional deserts, or rising costs making available shelf-stable and fresh items unaffordable, many people are making hard choices, and cutting meals is often one of them.

Help Available

In England, free school meals are universally available to students up to Year Two. After that, income restrictions limit them to those from households making under £7,400 (around $7897) per year.

The Child Poverty Action Group reported 800,000 children under the poverty line couldn’t obtain government help to eat free at school because their families make too much money. That’s 1 in 3 children living in households earning very little who don’t qualify for assistance to keep them fed.

Those dealing with the crisis say the government must help. One movement demands that all families who receive universal credit, the UK version of government financial assistance, should also receive free school lunches.

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