The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA), through the Spanish Agricultural Guarantee Fund (FEGA), has launched the “2021 food aid programme for the most disadvantaged people”, which will involve the free distribution of 59,225,632 kilos of food.
This action has required the purchase of food, through a public tendering process, for 42 million euros, and is co-financed 85 % by the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) and 15 % by the national budget.
The programme will be implemented in two phases throughout 2021. In the first phase, which has just begun, 23.69 million kilos of food will be distributed, which represents approximately 40 percent of the total amounts to be distributed in the programme.
The food procured is staple, varied, nutritious, low perishable, easy to transport and store. The “basket” includes rice, baked beans, UHT whole milk, canned tuna, pasta, fried tomato, biscuits, vegetable salad, instant cocoa and baby fruit and chicken jars.
The products will be delivered to all the provinces of Spain, and will be distributed through the Food Banks associated with the Spanish Federation of Food Banks (FESBAL), as well as through the provincial centres of the Red Cross.
These entities will distribute the food among some 5,456 partner distribution organisations, so that the 1.5 million final beneficiaries can easily prepare a complete meal for one person or for a family with several members, including babies.
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