Hungry English children steal food

This video is called Child poverty in the UK.

By Tony Patey in Britain:

Children ‘steal food’ as they turn up to school hungry

Friday 14 December 2012

Some students turning up to school hungry have been spotted stealing toast while others are skipping lunch because they can’t afford to eat, researchers found.

Charity Children’s Society revealed a teacher found two girls sharing a packed lunch in the school toilets because one had no money for food.

It published a study today, conducted with the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and the National Union of Teachers, which revealed that two-thirds of school staff said teachers are providing food or money for meals.

Earlier this year, ATL raised concerns about portion sizes, suggesting young children are being served “very small” school dinners and given limited choice despite paying more for their meals.

According to the Children’s Society‘s figures more than half of the 2.2 million children living in poverty in England miss out on a free school meal each day.

The charity’s chief executive Matthew Reed said: “Something is going badly wrong when teachers themselves are having to feed children.

“Every child in poverty should be given a free school meal. Free school meals are key to moving children out of poverty and vital to helping them flourish.”

The Child Poverty Action Group said: “There are so many alarm bells ringing now over the devastating hardship that children and families increasingly face because of the government’s austerity agenda.

“It’s time those who believe in social security as a social and economic good to put aside differences and unite to defend our welfare state.”

See also here.

A shocking new map of Britain which reveals almost half of all children living in major cities are growing up in poverty was unveiled today by a coalition of major charities: here.

10 thoughts on “Hungry English children steal food

  1. I just read a quote by Nelson Mandela: “We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.” With all the food wastage that occurs, it is incomprehensible that we cannot come up with a solution to hunger.


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  3. From the USA:

    CARE was founded in 1945 to feed starving war survivors in Europe by distributing “CARE packages” funded by individual donors. It now works in 84 countries, supporting 1015 poverty-fighting projects, and reaching over 122 million people.

    CARE knows first-hand the harm cuts in foreign aid will cause for millions of desperately poor families worldwide.

    Click here to ask your members of Congress to protect poverty-fighting humanitarian programs before the fiscal cliff takes effect January 2, 2013.

    Thanks for all you do!

    Bob Fertik

    CARE Defending dignity. Fighting poverty.

    Dear Activist,

    It’s 1% of the federal budget – and a lifeline for millions of poor families.

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    Don’t let Congress make devastating cuts. Tell your members of Congress to fund poverty-fighting programs!

    With the “fiscal cliff” looming, automatic spending cuts could slash U.S. humanitarian assistance – with dire consequences for hungry families, pregnant women, and sick children all over the world.

    That assistance is a miniscule part (1%) of the federal budget, and it’s essential for millions living with hunger and desperate poverty.

    Reckless, shortsighted cuts to the International Affairs Budget won’t solve our debt crisis. By targeting lifesaving programs, the U.S. would compromise American national security interests, paralyze U.S. response if a devastating natural disaster strikes, and leave millions without any way to pull themselves out of poverty.

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    Time is running out! Take this easy action to reach out to your members of Congress and pressure them to save lifesaving poverty-fighting programs.


    Helene D. Gayle, MD, MPH
    President and CEO, CARE


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