By Cathy Elelman • 24 March 2020 • 19:11
DELIVERIES: Huercal-Overa council is taking meal packs to 20 families
CREDIT: Ayuntamiento de Huercal-Overa
FREE meals are being distributed to nearly 1,000 vulnerable schoolchildren in 58 Almeria municipalities to ensure they don’t go without a proper diet during the coronavirus state of alarm.
The provision of meal packs for 987 children included in the Child Diet Reinforcement Programme follows an agreement adopted by the Junta de Andalucia on “alleviating the effects of the health crisis” on youngsters now the schools have all been shut.
Each child receives a breakfast, an afternoon snack pack and a lunch.
Participating companies are dropping off the packs twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays, at council facilities equipped for the food to be kept safely. The collection of the food is then by established turns to prevent contact between families and to guarantee the safety of employees in accordance with the measures set out in the state of alarm declaration.
Where possible, the companies are taking the food directly to the children’s homes to avoid people having to go out.
Junta Almeria delegate for Education, Sport, Equality, Social Policy and Conciliation, Antonio Jimenez, explained the Andalucia government is financing this extraordinary service, and revealed three companies and the FAAM Almeria Federation of Associations for Disabled People have taken on responsibility for giving out the food and for communicating with the families involved.
Huercal-Overa is one of the Costa Almeria municipalities collaborating on the food distribution initiative. The local council reported that after establishing the pertinent protocol with the Junta’s Education department is has been agreed that the council will do the meal deliveries to the 20 families in the municipality receiving the assistance.
Mayor Francisca Lourdes Fernandez explained that that after studying the situation “we have opted to take the backs to the beneficiaries so as to avoid the movement of the families and so they can comply with the confinement and minimise the risks of contagion.”
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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