(CNN)Teachers in West Virginia are striking for higher wages and better benefits, but not at the expense of hungry students.
Before they went on strike, West Virginia teachers packed bags to make sure kids didn't go hungry
In West Virginia almost one in four children are in poverty. For many of them, free or reduced-price school breakfasts and lunches are their main meals of the day. Some schools even run Friday pantry programs to feed students through the weekend.
The teachers' strike closed all the state's public schools beginning last week. But the kids are still eating.
"Before they made the decision to strike they wanted to make sure their students' needs were taken care of," said Jennifer Wood, with the American Federation of Teachers union in West Virginia.
Teachers, staffers and volunteers gathered Wednesday at schools packing bags with meals to get students through the expected two-day strike.
But the strike stretched into this week, and the teachers mobilized again. They are continuing to take tim