85 million at risk from LatAm school food program closures: The UN Food Agency

(AFP)
As many as 85 million children in school feeding programs throughout Latin America are at risk after many countries within the place shut faculties over the coronavirus pandemic, the UN Food Agency warned Tuesday.

Suspension of meals packages "will pose a venture to assure meals security and nutritional repute for many children, especially the maximum vulnerable groups of the population," the Food and Agriculture Organization said.

FAO advised governments to put into effect emergency measures along with distributing food to the most vulnerable families, growing social protection programs and emergency food rations, in addition to exempting faculty children's meals from taxes.

"Social protection systems, for example, can play a key function in making sure the meals of the most vulnerable population in the coming weeks," FAO local representative Julio Berdeque said.

Some 85 million boys and ladies in Latin America and the Caribbean are fed food at faculty, while for almost 10 million, school food programs "constitute one of the primary resources of safe meals they acquire daily."

More than 1,100 people have been infected by using the coronavirus in some 20 Latin American nations, and eight human beings have died.

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