Why thousands of children are going to school hungry in Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Post are reporting that more than half a million children are going to school hungry in the UK. 

Carmel McConnell has a goal – to ensure that there are no children in Yorkshire starting lessons too hungry to learn.

Carmel is founder of Magic Breakfast, a registered charity that provides health breakfasts to more than 23,500 UK children every school day – 2,600 of them life in Yorkshire.

“It seemed such a simple thing and I thought naively that I just had to convince local authorities and schools, but it has turned out to be much bigger.” Magic Breakfast currently works with more than 400 school nationally and with 53 in Yorkshire.

But what worries Carmel is the fact that there has been a worrying rise in child hunger in the Yorkshire Region as witnessed by the number of schools on their waiting list – 45 – who have applied to the charity for urgent food aid.

“This means there are, at the very least, 2,200 children who are arriving at school in the Yorkshire Region too hungry to learn for whatever reason. We already provide healthy breakfasts to children in 53 partner schools in Yorkshire, which equates to feeding 2,600 children each school day who were either hungry or malnourished when their schools applied to us for help. There have been studies that show that children who have breakfast do twice as well in school as those who don’t. It costs us just 22p a day thanks to the generosity of our partners such as the People’s Postcode Lottery who fund more than a million healthy breakfast a year.”

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Can any more be done to ensure children don’t learn on an empty stomach? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Nellie

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