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Reasons for children stealing food

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Some children will steal food, unfortunately. You have to be careful not to make them feel bad about it, it's an embarrassing situation! Instead, try to find out why they are doing it. Are they still hungry? Do they not like what is served and want to load up on goodies instead? Do they have a difficult time limiting themselves to just one snack? It is much better to talk to them if you realize they are taking food and try to come up with a solution. You don't want to make them feel bad, just help them learn how to eat good, filling meals.


I taught in a district that the majority of kids are on the free and reduced lunch program. Some barely qualified, but others you knew it was the only two meals they were getting for the day.

We had one little one hoarding food in her desk to take home on Fridays so she had something to eat over the weekend.

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