The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has launched an emergency response in the United Kingdom for the first time in its history of 70 years. UNICEF will help in feeding children who have been hit by COVID-19 crisis. Through its “Food Power for Generation COVID” initiative, it will award grants to 30 local organisations.

“The coronavirus crisis is having an unprecedented impact on children’s lives- their support systems ripped apart, their education lost, their access to food impacted,” said Anna Kettley, director of programmes at UNICEF UK as quoted by Euro News.

“Through these grants, we hope to reach the UK’s most vulnerable children and their families and ensure they receive the vital food support they need to eat well. Our goal is to ensure that children survive the coronavirus crisis and thrive beyond it,” she added.

As per UNICEF, 2.4 million children in the UK already belong to households where there is no food security, and during the lockdown period, financial crisis forced over a fifth of these households with children to starve.

“The response to our summer Breakfast Boxes programme has shown us that families are really struggling and many were facing the grim reality of a two-week winter break without access to free school meals and the indignity of having to rely on food banks to feed their children,” Stephanie Slater, founder and CEO of School Food Matters told Euro News. School Food Matters is one of the 30 organisations which will receive grants from UNICEF.

“We cannot continue to rely on civil society to fill the hunger gap as too many children will miss out on the nutrition they need to thrive,” she further said.