Sixth grade plays, very important. We did H.M.S. Pinafore, while Miss Kass's class put on Oliver, which at that time was a fairly new musical.
Food glorious food
Hot sausage and mustard
While we're in the mood cold jelly and custard
Pease pudding and saveloys
What next is the question?
Rich gentlemen have it boys
Okay, a couple of things come to mind - this is America and kids are still hungry, and that's not necessarily parentless kids living in an orphanage. Our government supplies food stamps and other financial assistance to low-income families with children. There are free breakfasts and lunches available from public schools. If a family comes to the attention of DCF - my world and welcome to it - unless there is present danger, the family is wrapped with services to help keep the children safe in an intact family. That includes financial assistance when warranted. I realize that the victims of homelessness and human trafficking are likely to go hungry, but I don't think those numbers alone account for the percentage of American children who do not eat on a regular basis.
So I must be missing some other social or societal factor, and I don't claim to know all the answers. But I will throw one idea out there. Too many parents don't know how to food shop effectively and economically, and they also don't know how to cook. I know I went through a semi-rant on this subject last month, October 20th to be exact, but it still irritates me that there are parents who are screamingly resistant to cooking for their children. (It also irritates me that there are parents that blow their food budget on drugs, alcohol, and designer potato chips, but that's a whole other can of rutabaga.)
Cooking for a family can be easy and relatively cheap, but it takes time, it takes planning, and most of all, it takes sacrifice. Oh, and at least one good all-around cookbook. Mine have been well-loved and very well-used.