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Posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2020. 10:33 am CST.

By BBN Staff: The COVID-19 food assistance program continues under the guidance of the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation to support families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since April 11, 2020, the Ministry has assessed over 100,000 applications. Applications were received through the Ministry’s Facebook page, call center, walk-ins to the district offices countrywide, and field visits to remote villages in Toledo, Orange Walk and Cayo Districts.

Families are deemed eligible for food assistance if they are not receiving any other benefit from the Government such as the unemployment relief program, the building opportunities for our social transformation program (BOOST), or the regular food pantry. 

The Ministry informed that so far, 39,129 households have been assisted countrywide with up to four food baskets.

During the most recent lockdown period, 6,116 households in San Pedro and the affected villages in the Orange Walk District received food packages.  

The Ministry explained that food packages are delivered through a network of over 200 shops that extend to the rural areas countrywide.

“This network has proven to be an effective and cost-efficient modality for delivering the over 150,000 food baskets countrywide, while creating economic stimulation and employment at the local level,” the Ministry noted.

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