With thousands of pupils relying on the school feeding scheme for a meal a day, more and more children in the province are collecting food even on days when they do not have classes.

This is according to provincial education department spokesperson Bronagh Hammond, in light of a recent survey by advocacy group Equal Education (EE), which found that in five provinces, 71% of children on a rotating timetable (only attending school on some days and remaining at home on others) went hungry when they were not at school.