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February 25th, 2011
01:43 PM ET

Report: School lunch is only meal for some U.S. kids

It's hard to learn when your biggest concern is an empty stomach.

In a startling new study from Share Our Strength, a national non-profit dedicated to ending childhood hunger in American, 86% of teachers say that many of their kids are coming to school hungry and 65% say that most kids rely on school meals as their primary source of nutrition.

CNN's Kiran Chetry spoke with Bill Shore, founder and executive director of "Share Our Strength" and Stacey Frakes, a former teacher and instructional coach at Greenville Elementary School in Madison, Florida. In the interview, she asked what can be done to ensure that children are getting the nutrition they need.

Filed under: Education • Hunger
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. ?

    If students were only having just school lunch (5 meals a week total) I doubt they could survive. 500-600 a day is not enough to sustain life very long Maybe it's more that dinners are sporadic or light.

    March 5, 2011 at 9:28 am |
  2. deBeer

    Only meal? Where are trhe parents? If they are poor, they get food stamps. No reason for anyone to go hungry. The only meal is BS. Threaten the parents with losing their meal tickets (children) and see how quickly the children get fed.

    February 25, 2011 at 3:01 pm |