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I am fortunate to work in a school with supportive parents. I will not provide a snack to students. Never have and never will. I don't work so I can support someone else's family.

That said, when I was teaching 1st I had parents who would provide extra snack for kids who didn't have one. Otherwise, those students would go without. I know most of them were in school and had breakfast. They get lunch. Many of them take food home due to a grant. But, I am not buying for them.

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binkbonk 11-17-2017 02:39 PM

I wonder how many of those facebook commenters have bought bulk snacks and provided them to schools/teachers for that purpose. If we know hunger is an issue, why do we put the problem on the backs of teachers? Schools should provide. I know I'm sounding old here, but how did we all survive school without snacks and water bottles?

MissAgnes 11-17-2017 12:51 PM

I do provide snacks for my students much of the time. 2x a week there are fruits/veggies provided by the district. Other days many students bring snack. I try to have something for those who do not bring snack. Sometimes families will donate snacks for the class, and that's always welcome.
If it was just one student, I would DEFINITELY provide something.

readnteach13 11-16-2017 12:18 PM

Thank you for the replies! I've been lucky in that I've had parents and/or the school supply plenty of snacks, I was just curious as to what teachers do when they do not have these resources.

Zia 11-15-2017 08:11 PM

In a global sense, I think all people who can provide food to a hungry child should be expected to do so. We'd live in a better world if that were the case.

EllaKate 11-15-2017 07:53 PM

I teach 2nd and don't provide a snack for students that don't have one. Snack isn't a required meal (like lunch) - it's an extra so I don't feel bad for not providing one for those that didn't bring one.

As for giving a student my lunch, I'd buy them a cafeteria lunch first.

Ima Spedtcher 11-15-2017 06:57 PM

I have only worked in high poverty schools. All the schools in my area now give free lunch and breakfast because it was ridiculous to only have a couple of kids who paid for lunch. Often we had kids come late and would miss breakfast and had not eaten since lunch the previous day, so I always kept food in my class for those situations.

However, I do not think teachers should ever be expected to provide snacks. I am also not a big believer in snacks in school period (past preschool). Our kids are in school less than 6 hours and have two meals in that time which is enough. Teachers are rightfully expected to teach all children, but they should not be expected to feed all children.

MKat 11-15-2017 06:27 PM

Even teaching K, with the exception of the very beginning of the school year, the only time I provided snacks were if a child arrived too late for free breakfast (and didn't have his/her own snack to eat) or if we had leftover food from a party or project to share.

I put graham crackers on the supply donation list so I would have something to share at the beginning of the year before people got into the routine though.

MKat 11-15-2017 06:24 PM

double post!

Katluv 11-15-2017 05:11 PM

We have lots of kids who have free lunch then lots of times have money for the vending machines. Frosts my fern!

Mrs. S. 11-15-2017 04:39 PM

I have found in every year that I provided snacks for children who "forgot" their snack that more and more children forget every day until eventually rarely anyone brings a snack. This year, even though my snack is dry, plain Cheerios, they still all seem to have "forgotten."
I don't have time to check individual backpacks, so my solution is to "run out" and not put any more out for several days. I also encourage my free breakfast students (about half of the class) to save the fruit from their breakfast for snack time. Most of the breakfast gets thrown out anyway. For one or two children, I think the parents are purposely sending them without snack, knowing I will provide it.

fwiw, I have had children who truly were in need and I would always take care of that need. That's what we all do.

spedder1 11-15-2017 04:29 PM

We have a late lunch, so my students work better if they have a midmorning snack. I have one student (special ed classroom) who is on pureed foods. Due to his past history (long story), he was on a bottle until he was 8 years old. There was no such thing as baby food and there was no way to puree regular foods for him. We found out he likes pureed bananas, so one of my paras has been purchasing them for him. I'm going to go buy a case this weekend. The parents send a lunch with him (not pureed) and we get a pureed lunch for him. He hates it. I also buy cold cereal that the kids can have as finger foods. 2 of my students do have parents who send snacks, which is really nice. I guess, in the scheme of things, if I'm not feeding them all a full meal every day, then it's something I don't mind doing. Should I have to do it? No. I do it because it helps the class run more smoothly.

kahluablast 11-15-2017 03:59 PM

I am fortunate to work in a school with supportive parents. I will not provide a snack to students. Never have and never will. I don't work so I can support someone else's family.

That said, when I was teaching 1st I had parents who would provide extra snack for kids who didn't have one. Otherwise, those students would go without. I know most of them were in school and had breakfast. They get lunch. Many of them take food home due to a grant. But, I am not buying for them.

elspeech 11-15-2017 03:52 PM

I would be tempted to respond that "There's no reason the people who are commenting that the teachers should have food available can't donate some non-perishable wrapped snacks if they want."

PEPteach 11-15-2017 03:52 PM

This is the first year I'm giving a kid a snack. I do allow them to bring snacks...even I need a morning snack to make it to lunch! I have one student who has a terrible home life and I know he doesn't get what he needs at home. He also becomes extremely "hangry" so it is to my benefit to have a snack for him. I just keep granola bars in my closet. Is it expected? No. But it's the least I can do for this hurting child.

Hifiman 11-15-2017 03:41 PM

provide snacks. But I think if they know a kid is without food they must do something to remedy that.

My school is one where most students receive free breakfast and lunch but many are hungry. They get to school too late to get breakfast and even lunch can be a problem for them. My students know I offer snacks if they or a friend are in need and I mostly feel it is not abused.

Keltikmom 11-15-2017 03:35 PM

I used to go back and forth with this. A very few kids were often hungry, no breakfast, no snack. But then more kids wanted my snack "cause it was better than theirs."

I stopped having snacks. The one child whose crazy mother didn't feed him enough was given permission to go to cafeteria and get an apple.

1956BD 11-15-2017 03:14 PM

should not be expected to supply snacks to students. This is especially true today with all the allergies and students who are special diets. A teacher might offer them an unacceptable snack.

Snacks need to be provided by parents or perhaps the school if there is a need.

jjwires 11-15-2017 02:47 PM

I would refer them to the school nurse. She always had crackers or would walk them down to the cafeteria. It's a sad situation. Schools are to provide everything today. Then what would happen if child had an allergy or became ill. Time to sue the teacher.

Crazy3 11-15-2017 02:26 PM

We have a Food Sharing Program at our school where all children are free to access bagels with cream cheese, cheddar cheese slices, carrots, raisins, yoghurt, apples, dry cereal, crackers and apple sauce cups. It is available to all students, but we teach them that it is for when you don't have enough, just because you want. The food is provided free of charge from the Program. I run the program at the school with a couple of other teachers and really see a benefit for the many hungry students we have.

JunieBTeacher 11-15-2017 02:06 PM

That is definitely a parent's responsibility.
I would try to have snacks available for the student though.

At my school, I would inform the counselor, and she would make sure snacks were available for the student.

mhugs 11-15-2017 01:48 PM

I have provided food for students and most teachers I know would find something for a hungry student. I do not think teachers should be expected to provided the food or give up their lunch.

Shelby3 11-15-2017 01:34 PM

No, it isn't an expectation, but many teachers do provide emergency snacks for kids that come to school hungry and distracted. Many schools have food and clothing pantries that quietly help families without peers noticing.

This line between social services and schools has been crossed, actually more like bulldozed since the first school house opened. Parents and lawmakers seem to feel that teachers and schools are the logical caretakers for the community.

ASAM 11-15-2017 01:31 PM

I teach first and we have a relatively early lunch so we have an optional afternoon snack time. I do not provide snacks if they don't have one. I encourage students to save a part of their breakfast (provided free to all) or lunch, if they don't have a snack. They rarely eat all of their breakfast or lunch. I also have a tub where students can put unopened food they don't want.

GottaLoveKids 11-15-2017 01:31 PM

Our society is so quick to 'blame' teachers for so many things that are beyond our control!!! If they want to 'blame' someone, blame the parents! Feeding your children is a basic human necessity. That being said, I would definitely give the child a snack, but ultimately, it is the parents' responsibility. Just my 2 cents.

teachnkids 11-15-2017 01:19 PM

Expected to? No

However if I was the classroom teacher and every other student had a snack I would want to make the student feel comfortable so I would provide a snack. I would also go an extra step and make sure the student was given the snack discreetly so that the other students didn't know.

I get that teachers provide a lot to their classrooms, but this would take precedence over some class project materials.

readnteach13 11-15-2017 01:10 PM

Today one of the facebook groups I belong to posted a article that talked about childhood hunger. It was very sad, and they showed Christmas lists where children wished they had clothes that fit and more food. One of the children was in 5th grade, and said he was the only one without a snack. I didn't even know that 5th graders had snack time. I do let my students eat neat snacks during stamina reading time. As long as they clean up,sit at their table, and they are reading, I'm fine with it.
Luckily I work in a school with 100% free breakfast, lunch, and snacks, so this issue doesn't affect me. We even send home bags of food over the weekends.
This is my main point though- so many of the comments were blaming the teacher. They said she should have bought snacks for him or even given him her own lunch
This has been on my mind all day, and I just wanted to see what others thought.

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