How can a State that spends €20bn on welfare have hungry children?
In a country that spends nearly €20bn on welfare, it is difficult to understand how one-in-five children goes to school hungry every day. Yet that is what a conference on food poverty was told in Dublin yesterday.
It is also worrying that only half of the 170 disadvantaged schools (DEIS) invited to join schemes that would fund 'Breakfast Clubs' and other food initiatives actually applied for the available funding.
The conference was told that research has shown that schemes such as Breakfast Clubs can improve children's attendance, punctuality and performance at school.