World Food Programme says that nearly 5 million people, or 22 per cent of the Sri Lankan population, are food insecure and in need of assistance, the United Nations Nutritious foods, such as vegetables, fruits and protein-rich products are now out of reach for many low-income families. WFP’s recent surveys indicated 86 per cent of families are resorting to at least one coping mechanism, including eating less, eating less nutritious food and even skipping meals altogether. “Pregnant mothers need to eat nutritious meals every day, but the poorest find it harder and harder to afford the basics. When they skip meals they’re putting their and their children’s health at risk,” said Anthea Webb, WFP Deputy Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific from Colombo.
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