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Vulnerable families face food crisis in light of COVID-19 pandemic

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Posted: Saturday, April 11, 2020. 1:28 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: As the world battles with COVID-19, tens of thousands of Belizeans were laid off due to the economic impact caused by the deadly virus.

Many Belizeans took to social media to express their frustrations with not being able to acquire food for their families.

Since the entire country is on a 14 day quarantine, people who are fortunate enough to provide for their families have lined up at the grocery stores purchasing food items for their families.

But, there is a great crisis looming for vulnerable families and for some communities in general across the country.

Breaking Belize News have been swamped with calls and messages on our various platforms from Belizeans asking for help. All those names along with their information have been passed on to the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation for food assistance.

There is undoubtedly a high demand for food by the underprivileged and while many non-profit organizations and churches are trying to assist, there is just so much need.

The Government has indicated that the unemployment relief program funds were approved for over 1400 people. BBN is informed that these first payments have been processed.

The grim reality is that 59,000 Belizeans applied for the unemployment relief program and are yet to get approved. As some of these people are already without food, then our nation may face a bigger food crisis within than the COVID-19 health crisis itself.

 

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