Many criticisms against the British government after UNICEF fed the children of poor families
The opposition Labor Party in Britain launched a campaign of criticism against the government, saying it was shameful that 1,800 families in Britain were fed by the United Nations Children's Fund.
"We are one of the richest countries in the world. We should not have reached this, and our children should not depend on humanitarian organizations accustomed to working in disaster and war zones," said party vice president Angel Rainer.
The British government had refused to provide free meals to poor children during school holidays during the Corona pandemic, and had changed its position after football player Marcus Rashford pressured them through a campaign he himself led.
UNICEF said it has provided 25,000 pounds to NGOs that help the poorest families in the Southwark area, south of London, and this amount will provide 18,000 breakfast meals for these families, which will be distributed to them through schools over a weekly weekend. In addition to 6750 breakfast meals during the February holiday.
The Director of UNICEF Programs in Britain (Anna Keithley) said that this is the first and emergency response of UNICEF in the United Kingdom, and it has been implemented to address the impact of the Corona crisis and to reach the families in dire need of this assistance.
The government spokesman defended the measures taken by the government, stressing that it has taken important measures to ensure that children do not go hungry during the pandemic.