The Ministry of Social Transformation implemented the “Emergency Food Assistance Programme” in April, 2020 shortly after the onset of the pandemic.
Through this mechanism food packages were distributed and delivered to beneficiaries, specifically elderly persons living alone, persons with disabilities and unemployed persons with children.
The Ministry also instituted the Government Voucher Programme in partnership with PDV Caribe, Antigua and Barbuda Limited (PDVCAB). When the contribution of the PDV was exhausted, the Ministry continued the programme. Cabinet authorised the waiver of ABST to the value of 5 million dollars which was used to offset both the goods procured for the food packages and the amount incurred by the use of the vouchers.
In the case of the vouchers beneficiaries received between $150.00 and $250.00 based on their particular circumstances and these were redeemed in selected supermarkets.
Distribution (April to December, 2020)
Food Packages: 50,664 packages
Vouchers: $1,250,000.00 of which $500,000.00 (contribution by PDV) and $750,000.00 (government ABST set-off)