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New shock statistics claim one in five Irish kids go to bed hungry

NewsBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
New shock statistics claim one in five Irish kids go to bed hungry

Figures released at a conference on Eradicating Food Poverty among Children and Young People in Ireland at the College of Anaesthetists in Dublin yesterday, claimed that 20 per cent of children are going to school or bed hungry.

Food poverty has soared by 13.2 per cent in the last three years, according to statistics, which is a rise from 450,000 in 2010 to over 600,000 in 2013.

The conference is being hosted by Healthy Food for All, who are calling for the Department of Education to provide €500,000 next year to help schools provide food to needy pupils.

The group are also calling for an investment in Community Food Initiatives of €2.5 million over five years

“Food poverty is a serious problem for children and young people with one in five going to school or bed hungry because there is not enough food in their home,” said Healthy Food for All’s Project Co-ordinator Sinead Keenan.

“Indeed, a report published in 2012 shows that one in six school-aged children report that they never eat a breakfast on a weekday.”

Ms Keenan announced that a National Food Strategy is needed to tackle food poverty in Ireland