The answer from the kids was always the same — "no."
Patty, a school nurse in Franklin County, was going through an entire case of crackers each week, giving them out to students each morning who came to her complaining of stomachaches and headaches. When she asked if they had eaten breakfast, none of them had.
"They were hungry. I would give them a package of saltines and send them back to class. It was the only thing I could do to help."
Patty's story further reinforces to me the injustice of hunger that children are facing. As a parent, it is painful to think about not having enough food for my daughter.
1 in 7 children in Massachusetts today doesn't have enough to eat at home. Instead of starting their school day learning with their classmates, the day begins in the nurse's office, feeling ill — because of hunger.
Fortunately, Patty has had far fewer sick visits from hungry kids this year. With support from partners like Project Bread, her school started offering Breakfast in the Classroom, and she happily reports that she hasn't gone through a single case of crackers all year.
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Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday,