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Thursday, May 19, 2011
Teachers Feed Student Brains and Stomachs
According to a national survey by anti-hunger group Share Our Strength, 65 percent of K-8 teachers say most or a lot of their students rely on school meals as their primary source of nutrition, and that teachers often fill in the gap.
An Oregon sixth grade social studies teacher told his local news station, "Oftentimes a lot of these kids don't have food. They don't have money either for lunches themselves or they don't have lunches to bring from home, and so what I'll end up doing is just buying their lunches for them."
Another teacher concurred noting that she spends at least $20 a month to help feed her students.