Social and community organizations will meet from 9 a.m. in all the offices of the Ministry of Human Capital in the country to line up and sign up on a list to receive food aid. The call is in response to the head of the portfolio, Sandra Pettovello, who last week had gone out to the intersection of those demanding food in front of her office.
“You are hungry? Come, I'm going to write down your ID, your name, where you are from and you will receive help individually,” the minister had told them.
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In response, the organizations reported that in the Ministry of Human Capital “a line will be created through which each person can enter the ministry in order to obtain a response to the food emergency aggravated by the economic crisis” and that “the same action will be will be carried out simultaneously and in various delegations of the Secretary of Children and Family throughout the country.”
In a statement, the Union of Workers of the Popular Economy (UTEP) called the action “the line of poverty” and confirmed that they will be present this Monday at the Ministry of Human Capital, in response to the request of Minister Sandra Pettovello regarding attending “one by one” to people in food emergencies. The central activity will begin at 9 at the intersection of Juncal and Carlos Pellegrini, City of Buenos Aires.
In December, the Government suspended food shipments to soup kitchens and now proposed a new scheme in which they can manage their own purchases with a card. “The discretionary delivery system for dry food was canceled to implement the modality of direct monetary transfer to soup kitchens and associations without intermediation,” they explained.
According to official versions, the decision aims to “make food policy transparent” and “end poverty managers,” as detailed by the Ministry in a statement.
“The Ministry of Human Capital will obtain the list of each person (name, surname and ID) who attends the dining room, which allows children and families to be identified with a comprehensive look,” they explained. And they assured that “with this new modality, canteens will be able to buy dry foods, but also fresh (meat, vegetables, eggs, milk, fruit) and thus better nutrition is guaranteed for children,” according to what they stated from the Government.
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The card system will be carried out in conjunction with Banco Nación and the World Bank, a mechanism that will allow “knowing what they buy and where.”
After the food cuts to the soup kitchens, social organizations went to complain to the Ministry and Pettovello came to the crossroads with the proposal to make a list of hungry people to give them assistance. This Monday will be the time when they come to sign up.