In a new poll of Canadian teachers called "The Pulse on Hungry Kids in Canada," commissioned by the Quaker brand, a resounding 98% of teachers polled agreed that starting the day with a nutritious breakfast is essential for student success. Yet, more than two-thirds (68%) of teachers believe there are students in their classroom who come to school hungry, without eating breakfast or a sufficient breakfast.
Teachers also report observing negative effects in their classroom, which they believe are a result of hunger. Some 96% of teachers say they have observed a reduced attention span in students that they believe to be hungry, while 72% say they have observed hungry students show poor memory function and 71% say they have observed those students have difficulty problem solving. In fact, more than half (54%) of Canadian teachers polled also said they have used their own money to purchase food for a student they believed to be hungry.
From the September 7, 2011, Prepared Foods' Daily News.