Government helps those most impacted by COVID-19 through National Food Distribution Task Force

Residents from Golden Gates, Carmichael Road and Faith Avenue receiving food assistance through the National Food Distribution Task Force at Bahamas Faith Ministries on Monday, August 10, 2020.

Ensuring that help is given to people in need is a leading priority of The Government. The Government is providing $1 million per week for food assistance to Bahamians and residents through the National Food Distribution Task Force, which is now in its 11th week. In an address to the Nation, Prime Minister Dr. the Most Hon. Hubert Minnis said to date 27,705 households have registered for assistance, representing more than 110,000 people throughout The Bahamas.

“We are investing heavily in food assistance. In my contribution to the recent budget debate, I noted the allocation of $16 million dollars for food assistance,” said the Prime Minister. “Your government is delivering on this commitment. Our Food Task Force is
making every effort to preserve safety and dignity. I understand the unique situation so many of you find yourselves in, never imagining that you would ever have to seek assistance to have enough to eat.” He announced that the Task Force is implementing a needs-based program that will help the most vulnerable. People who register will be placed in 3 needs categories:

• Most Vulnerable
• Moderately Vulnerable
• Least Vulnerable

To ensure that priority is given to those most in need, assistance to these groups will be weekly, every other week, and once a month, respectively.

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