The Ayios Christoforos charity centre in Paralimni will provide food for about 200 families in the government-controlled areas of Famagusta on Christmas, it said on Thursday.
The charitable foundation operates all-year round distributing food and other necessities to needy families. December saw the highest number of families in need this year.
“The centre helped 150 families in November, 120 in October with the number increasing since. Unfortunately we live in a tourist area and the unemployment is always on the rise during the winter,” the vice president of the foundation Demetris Papaevelthontos told the Cyprus News Agency.
This year unemployment is even higher “due to the coronavirus pandemic and the lack of tourists,” Papaevelthontos added.
The number of families in need also increased in the summer this year, compared with the corresponding period last year, the vice president said.
According to Papaevelthontos, there are also families who are embarrassed to ask for help.
“It is a very delicate issue,” he said, but Famagusta “is an area where there are interpersonal contacts, something which makes the work of the centre easier”.
The foundation collaborates with the social welfare services and producers or companies that donate food and other goods. It also provides coupons for groceries and scholarships to students who come from needy families.