Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for children, one expert has claimed.
Lindsay Boswell, chief executive of FareShare – a charity supporting communities to relieve food poverty – observed that eating correctly in the morning will give youngsters the fuel they need to take on their lessons.
A recent report by Kellogg's found that 79 per cent of teachers have hungry kids in their schools, while 54 per cent said the number of cases has increased in the past 12 months.
Some 57 per cent of parents blame a lack of money for this situation developing.
Mr Boswell thinks that action needs to be taken, stating: "As a result of going to school hungry they are not learning, are having behaviour difficulties and are falling behind."
He added that a decent breakfast remains a "really, really important" way to start the day.
According to NHS Choices, parents also have to make sure they make healthy packed lunches for their kids, so foods rich in protein and starch, vegetables and dairy items should all be included.