A recent survey showed that it's not uncommon for teachers to spend an average of $300 a year of their own funds on food for their students. Many said that they see firsthand how hungry students have more trouble concentrating, learning, and behaving in class. Education Week asked teachers: What does this look like in your school? Here are some of your answers.
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August 15, 2017
August 09, 2017
A majority of teachers spend their own money to help ensure students have enough to eat, spending an average of $300 a year, according to a new survey.
July 26, 2017
During the school year, 22 million students rely on free and reduced-price lunches, but only 4 million get summer meals. An Omaha, Neb., food truck program is helping to bridge the gap in that community.
June 15, 2017
After years of growth, the number of children who eat federally subsidized free summer meals has declined, a new report finds. How does your state stack up?
June 06, 2017
A quick text message can help families locate nearby federally supported summer-meals sites, which are designed to meet the nutritional needs of children who rely on school lunches and breakfasts during the school year.
May 10, 2017
Federal lawmakers have proposed a ban on practices known as "lunch shaming," which single out students with unpaid school meal debts. Some say the measure doesn't do enough to address the problem.
May 01, 2017
The USDA relaxed nutrition standards for school lunches Monday. The changes fall short of the aggressive scale-back that some conservative members of congress have pushed for in recent years.
April 28, 2017
The USDA plans to unveil a new school meal rule that will likely address concerns from critics who say that current regulations are overly restrictive and costly to implement.
April 18, 2017
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will soon require schools to set clear, consistent policies about how they address unpaid school lunch bills, which have long been a sticky issue for schools. The problem saw renewed interest recently after New Mexico banned "lunch shaming."
February 24, 2017
Critics of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos are seizing on a comment she made at the Conservative Political Action Conference this week that she is "perhaps the first person to tell Bernie Sanders to his face that there's no such thing as a free lunch." And some are spreading some misinformation in the process.