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Fears pandemic could exacerbate child poverty in Europe

FEBA President Mr Jacques Vandenschrik was interviewed by CGTN Europe on the role of Food Banks and the increase in food demand due to the pandemic.

We see the increase and what lies ahead of us is ominous. […] The increase in food demand for children, adults and seniors is going to be massive.” Said Mr Vandenschrik.

The interview is part of an investigation on child poverty in Europe made by CGTN in Brussels. Before COVID-19, nearly 23 percent of all children in the EU-27 were at risk of poverty or social exclusion. It is widely believed that the numbers have spiked dramatically during the pandemic as millions lost their jobs and families were hit with a fresh wave of financial hardship. This means that now nearly one in three children in Europe doesn’t have access to adequate food, healthcare, early education, or decent housing.

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