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COVID-19: Missing More Than a Classroom - 2021

Author: UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti / WFP
The impact of school closures on children’s nutrition

More than 39 billion in-school meals have been missed globally since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic due to school closures, according to this report released by the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti and the World Food Programme (WFP). The authors note that 370 million children worldwide – many of whom are reliant on school meals as a key source of their daily nutrition – have missed on average 40 percent of in-school meals since COVID-19 restrictions shuttered classrooms.