Residents have benefited from millions in COVID-19 Emergency Food Assistance Programme


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)

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    • Some persons calling in on the radio that the government not fixing the bad roads.
      But at this current COVID time, the government need to continue “highest priority” of feeding the people.
      Road can fix later.

      • So right. We cannot listen to detractors. They are the ones also complaining that people are going hungry and have nothing to eat, when not only the government but many other NGO’s are working extremely hard to avoid this from hapening. To name a few, Jumby Bay and Mill Reef Club have donated millions in food hampers.
        Providing people with cash money is sometimes not the best option. Some will use the money to do other things with it.

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