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Fewer families resort to food banks

By Evie Andreou

ABOUT a thousand less families will receive aid from the food banks according to the latest records, Volunteerism Commissioner Yiannakis Yiannaki has said.

Yiannaki said that currently 12,500 families receive aid compared to 13,500 in March, with the decreases recorded in the Paphos, Larnaca and Famagusta districts due to a rise in seasonal work but also to better coordination between the aid organisations.

The commissioner has participated in a meeting held at the Archbishopric to discuss the better cooperation among the 55 organisations providing aid, and to inform them on the new software and the introduction of the new aid beneficiaries’ application forms.

Yiannaki said that the new software would ensure better data processing for the equal distribution of aid, while the Guaranteed Minimum Income (GMI) will reduce the number of beneficiaries even further.
The software, which will be introduced in September, will connect all 55 food banks and is expected to put an end to overlaps, by preventing people from taking advantage of the lack of coordination between the organisations.

“Some people were taking advantage and were receiving aid packages which they would either sell or exchange. With the new software, these phenomena will stop,” Yiannaki said.

He added that new forms with common criteria will evaluate homogeneously and fairly the beneficiaries by protecting their personal data.

The commissioner also met with members of the public works department to evaluate buildings at the Archbishopric for the creation of a ‘volunteer’s house’ to provide basic administrative needs to volunteer and non-governmental-organisations.

Earlier in the month, Yiannaki had announced that his goal was the creation of a ‘volunteer’s house’ in every district. Larnaca has already found a place which was under renovation and ready to house 17 volunteer organisations.

 

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