As families struggle amid the continued economic downturn, a growing number of students are arriving to school hungry — with no breakfast, packed snacks or lunches — depending more than ever on social agencies for food donations.

Up to one-third of Calgary schools now receive “single-meal” supports from the Calgary Food Bank and other local agencies, getting either breakfast or lunches delivered to students whose parents can’t provide those meals at home.

Food insecurity is also spilling over into the weekend, when kids who are hungry at school are scavenging for food Saturday and Sunday because parents are either at work or there isn’t enough at home.