Teacher Shocked As Kids Bring Cold McDonald's As Packed Lunch
The teacher revealed that, due to the poverty in the area, they sometimes see kids coming in to school with either cold burgers and chips or chicken nuggets from a Happy Meal to be warmed up later.
The reception teacher, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "They'll sometimes just have half a sandwich.
"I've also had children being sent in with chicken nuggets and an expectation that the kitchen will warm them up.
"I said no and sent the child for a school dinner. Parents sometimes send in cold items from a McDonald's Happy Meal for the children's lunches.
"Equally you know the children who are starving because they are the first in the snack area eating the fruit and drinking the milk."
This news arrives as the Trussell Trust reports that the UK is currently experiencing a hunger crisis, with food bank usage reaching an all time high. A total of 23,960 emergency food parcels were issued to people in need across the county between April 2018 and March 2019.
As well as emergency food packages, some schools are stocking up on old uniforms, since many kids are coming in with the wrong clothing.
Jayne Ivory, director of children's services, revealed that there are 'great challenges' around poverty in the UK ahead.
He said: "We, alongside our partners, continue to work very hard to tackle those inequalities that exist.
"Some of the many factors that can contribute to children and families living in poverty are beyond our control but we are striving to make a difference in the areas that we can effect.
"We have committed to a new food strategy and launched a BwD Food Alliance in 2018, with the primary aim of tackling food poverty in the borough, and have supported an innovative scheme called the Blackburn and Darwen Summer Lunchbox Project, which aims to help struggling families by providing free packed lunches to children.
"We continue to work with our children, young people and families and our partners from all sectors who are also working hard to address these issues."
Data from campaign group End Child Poverty published last year showed that well over 44,000 kids in East Lancashire were living in poverty.
The local authority of Blackburn with Darwen was found to have the 12th highest level of child poverty in the UK and the highest in East Lancashire.
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