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65% of Teachers See Hunger in Classroom; Problem Has Increased in Past Year

Hunger in Our Schools: Share Our Strength’s Teachers Report Finds Connecting Kids to Breakfast is Vital for Academic Achievement

WASHINGTON Feb. 22, 2011 Hunger in Our Schools: Share Our Strength’s Teachers Repor t

The survey, conducted by Lake Research Partners, contains highlights of a public opinion survey of 638 kindergarten through eighth grade public school teachers in urban, suburban and rural communities nationwide. The study reveals that 65% of teachers report that most or a lot of their students rely on school meals as their primary source of nutrition. This reliance is widespread geographically, but particularly strong in urban and rural areas.

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Stacey Frakes Madison County, FL.

However, teachers are nearly unanimously (98%) in agreement that there is a strong connection between eating a healthy breakfast and a student’s ability to concentrate, behave well and perform academically.

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Bill Shore

Randi Weingarten

Gina Goff

www.strength.org/teachers

Share Our Strength

Strength.org

American Federation of Teachers

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.

Dave Slater [email protected]

Theresa Burton [email protected]

SOURCE Share Our Strength

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