Millions of households have been hit by the unusual nature of the coronavirus. Lockdowns, movement restrictions and physical distancing have had an impact on important sectors of economies across the world.
It’s been often said: coronavirus does not discriminate between the rich and the poor. Yet when it comes to hunger, this isn’t proving to be the case.
From families who have lost their jobs and can no longer afford to buy food, to kids going hungry without free school meals — the current crisis is leaving countless families suffering.
Poverty amplifies the risk of malnutrition –– people who are poor are more likely to be affected by its different forms. Malnutrition increases health care costs, and slows down economic growth which can perpetuate a cycle of poverty and ill-health. This means that urgent measures are needed to ensure that families have enough money to buy food, and that supply chains aren’t disrupted by the crisis — helping to keep everyone, rich or poor, from going hungry.
Injustices in food and health systems hold us back from healthy diets and lives. We all deserve healthy, affordable food and quality nutrition but do you understand the escalating challenges that have resulted since COVID-19 began? Do you know how many people go to bed hungry every night or how many children are currently missing out on healthy school meals? Take our quiz and test your knowledge on why we need to prioritize food security and nutrition.