Rome Newsroom, 28 January, 2021 / 7:55 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis met on Thursday with the head of the World Food Program, as the organization issued a warning that more than 300 million children are going hungry amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The pope met David Beasley at the Vatican on Jan. 28. The 40-minute meeting took place as the WFP and UNICEF released a joint research report on the impact of school closures on children’s nutrition.
The report said that around the world more than 39 billion in-school meals have been missed due to school closures since the start of the pandemic.
The research found that 370 million children globally have missed an average of 40% of in-school meals since COVID-19 closed schools. Many of these children are reliant on school meals for much of their daily nutrition.
“Missing out on nutritious school meals is jeopardizing the futures of millions of the world’s poorest children. We risk losing a whole generation,” Beasley said in an article on the WFP website.