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Food assistance program extended to June

Acting Financial Secretary Marlon Johnson said yesterday that the government extended its food assistance program until the end of June.

He said $3 million was allocated for the extension of the program.

Johnson said the government has spent $34 million on the program so far.

The program started last year in an effort to provide widespread food assistance amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic crisis, and was initially expected to continue until the end of August.

It has been extended several times since August.

In January, National Food Distribution Task Force Chairwoman Susan Larson said that the task force, which had just started its third phase, was helping 18,000 households.

“As you will recall, the government, the prime minister, approved $10 million for this phase three which will run through the end of March,” Larson said.

“So, we’re just underway. We are covering about 18,000 households all across the country. We’re really moving along in the same way as we were in phase two. It’s an extension with an additional budget.” 

The following month, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said 72,000 households had already benefited from the program.

He reiterated the government’s plan to “not let our citizens go hungry”.

The program is the largest food distribution effort in Bahamian history, according to Minnis.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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