School kitchens provide nutritional meals to children every day when attending classes. After COVID-19 spread worldwide, these resources turned into critical lifelines for families living in poverty.
Many districts started providing breakfast and lunch to anyone who wanted support for their children. Parents could pick them up at their assigned school or have them dropped off at home if they couldn’t leave.
Some countries also provided vouchers to those who received free meals at school to reduce potential issues with food insecurity. The money could get spent at designated supermarkets in that family’s community.
It Is Challenging for Children to Learn on an Empty Stomach
The plan for most school kitchens was to offer hot meals that parents could collect to take home for their children. If a district couldn’t provide this support, then brown-bag breakfast and lunches were made available that could meet individual nutritional requirements.
Charities got involved in this extraordinary effort to help the disadvantaged during the coronavirus pandemic. Feeding Britain worked with schools in parts nine regions to ensure everyone got something to eat.
Some schools even put together a mix of activities and food so that families could have learning opportunities together.
Although these actions were unable to solve all potential hunger issues, it was forward progress. Families could work with the schools during the week and use the vouchers for weekend needs.
COVID-19 might have had devastating consequences, but we cannot ignore malnutrition and hunger. Efforts by school kitchens during the pandemic were another way to show how much good can happen when we work together.