Tuesday 2 June, 2020

COVID-19: More food card support, students to benefit

Government has announced a number of measures to assist those vulnerable persons affected by the COVID-19 virus.

Social Development Minister Camille Robinson- Regis made the revelation at the post-cabinet media briefing at the Diplomatic Centre on Wednesday.

Minister Robinson-Regis said food support will be provided to those people who are already on the Food Card Programme; they will receive a food card top up.

Households with up to three persons will receive $150 more, while households with up to four to five persons will receive $300 more and those households with up to six or more people will receive $450.

Minister Robinson- Regis also announced that students who benefit from the School Feeding Programme will now be added to the Food Assistance Programme.

She said this is to ensure that students' nutritional needs are maintained while they are away from school due to the virus.

Citizens who receive disabilty grants and public assistance will also receive a top up starting from $150 for one person, $300 for two persons, $450 for three persons and $500 for four or more persons.

And, in circumstances where a family member has been retrenched or terminated, the Minister said Government will provide income support.

A policy will also be established for citizens who are on the Rental Assistance Programme.

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