78% of teachers say children are hungry in their classroom at least once a week.
New research by Kellogg Ireland has found four in ten teachers say they're seeing children arriving to school hungry every day.
The survey of 211 teachers from around the country shows more than half of them say the number of hungry children in their class has increased over the past year.
Shane Loftus, Principal of Our Lady Immaculate School in Darndale in Dublin, says being hungry has a major impact on children's progression:
'Look I think anyone will tell you if you go to work hungry, you are not going to preform your best.
When you have a child coming to school hungry, they are not going to be able to hit the milestones being set for them by teachers.
They are going to more lethargic and in some cases more irritable.'