UN: world hunger was dramatically worse in pandemic year

Residents of Oworonshoki Slum carry their food parcels distributed by the Lagos Food Bank Initiative, a non-profit nutrition focused initiative committed to fighting hunger and solving problems of Malnutrition for poor communities , in Lagos, Nigeria, Saturday, July 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

ROME — The United Nations on Monday lamented a “dramatic worsening” of world hunger last year, saying much of that is likely connected to the pandemic, and it urged billions of dollars to save millions of people from starving.