Unicef to feed hungry children in the UK for first time in 70-year history

Boris Johnson has been told he “should be ashamed” as a UN agency stepped in to feed hungry children in the UK.   In a damning indictment of the Tories, 1,800 needy families struggling in the coronavirus pandemic will receive breakfast boxes over the Christmas holidays thanks to Unicef UK, the charity School Food Matters said.  Unicef is the United Nations agency responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to kids around the world.  It is known for boosting disaster relief or working in war zones – but has intervened to provide aid in Britain for the first time in its 70-year history.  The Food Power for Generation Covid initiative, in partnership with Sustain: the “alliance for better food and farming”, and the Southwark Food Power Alliance, has been made possible by £25,000 funding– the first time it has launched a domestic emergency response in its 70-year history.  Unicef UK’s director of programmes, Anna Kettley, said: “This is Unicef’s first ever emergency response within the UK, introduced to tackle the unprecedented impact of the coronavirus crisis and reach the families most in need.  “The grant for School Food Matters will address the gap in current provision for children, providing approximately 1,800 children with breakfast bags during the Christmas holidays and February half term.  “This funding will help build stronger communities as the impact of the pandemic worsens, but ultimately a longer-term solution is needed to tackle the root causes of food poverty, so no child is left to go hungry.”   Footballer Marcus Rashford, who has waged a crusade to feed hungry children this year, posted a story about Unicef’s intervention on Twitter.  He said: “This is why I need your help.  “We have to come together to protect our most vulnerable. We all have a role to play here.”   Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner said: “The fact that Unicef is having to step in to feed our country’s hungry children is a disgrace and Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak should be ashamed.  “We are one of the richest countries in the world.  “Our children should not have to rely on humanitarian charities that are used to operating in war zones and in response to natural disasters.  “Charities and businesses across the country have done a brilliant job stepping in where the Government has failed, but it should have never come to this.”  Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey said: “This is yet another shameful day and shocking indictment on this Tory Government that just refuses to do enough to support families that are really struggling.  “No child in the country should be hungry and the Government can stop this need, but chooses not to.”  The 1,800 families in Southwark, South London, will receive 18,000 breakfasts – 10 each – which will be distributed by schools for two weeks when they break up.  The programme will also provide 6,750 breakfasts to families over the February half-term break.  School Food Matters founder Stephanie Slater said: “The respon

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