The number of children unable to afford lunch has risen in more than half of England’s state schools, a new study shows.
Education leaders said it was a “scandal” that the cost of living crisis was pushing more families into poverty.
In a survey by the educational organization The Sutton Trust, 52 percent of teachers said more students would go hungry in the fall semester.
The Trust criticized the government for ignoring requests to extend free school meal entitlements in its November budget.
About 54 percent of teachers also said more children were being dropped off without warm clothing.
Sir Peter Lampl, founder of the Trust and chairman of the Education Endowment Foundation, condemned the “strong and shameful” figures, saying: “More and more pupils in England’s most disadvantaged schools are coming to school hungry and without warm clothing such as an overcoat.
“Teachers report that more and more children who are not entitled to free school meals cannot afford lunch. It is scandalous that in one of the richest countries in the world, more and more children are going without basic necessities like food and warm clothing.”
Sir Peter called for radical intervention by ministers and “more care for those who need it most”.
A spokesman for the Department of Education said: “Over a third of pupils in England are currently getting free school meals and we are investing up to £24million in our national school breakfast scheme.”
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