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Trinidad: New debit card system for Food Support Programme…Robust move to avoid wastage

BY December, the Social Development and Family Services Ministry plans to transition to a new debit card system for its Food Support Programme.

This programme, an income-determined support mechanism, specifically targets vulnerable families who are unable to meet their basic food requirements.

“The programme provides vulnerable families with food support for a period of two years. Also, a standard means test is the tool used to assess applicants to determine who falls under the poverty line and as such are in dire need of support,” said Natalie Walters. She is the manager of the ministry’s corporate communications unit.

Recently the ministry placed an advertisement in newspapers titled, Notice to food card clients. The ministry urges all food support beneficiaries who changed their contact numbers and addresses to contact the nearest social welfare offices and submit the necessary information.

Walters said the programme experienced challenges in several areas in previous years. One of the most prevalent relates to the number of persons who access food support but do not necessarily require that support.

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