39 billion in-school meals missed since the start of the pandemic

UNICEF Innocenti
UNICEF Innocenti
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new joint report by UNICEF Innocenti and the World Food Programme warns of a looming nutrition crisis as more than 39 billion in-school meals have been missed since the start of the pandemic. School meals are critical in ensuring children's health, nutrition, and return to school. Both UNICEF and WFP are calling on governments to prioritise reopening schools. 

Education isn’t the only thing children miss out on when schools close. 370 million children around the world received in-school meals before Covid-19. Many of these are no longer getting the nutrition they need. UNICEF Innocenti and WFP's new paper "COVID-19: Missing More Than a Classroom The impact of school closures on children’s nutrition" presents the evidence on the potential negative short-term and long-term effects of school meal scheme disruption during Covid-19 globally. Read it here.

#COVID19: Missing More Than a Classroom


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