Vatican City, May 16, 2020 / 08:52 am
The coronavirus emergency is also causing a food-related crisis, Vatican officials said Saturday, encouraging people to do their small part to help those who are going hungry.
"What happens now with the coronavirus crisis is it is increasing food-related problems," Fr. Augusto Zampini-Davies said during a livestreamed press conference May 16.
"We know the value of a society is determined by how we treat the poorest, the most vulnerable, so what are we going to do for all these people, who, apart from the health issues, are suffering from hunger or food-related problems?" he asked.
Zampini-Davies is adjunct secretary of the Vatican's Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. He said the COVID-19 emergency is affecting food availability on many levels of society: for example, children who rely on school lunches are going hungry while schools are closed, and supply chains are being impacted by restrictions on imports and exports.