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Covid-19: new food support scheme launched in Abu Dhabi

Around 100,000 baskets are going to be distributed, with applications opening on April 19

Covid-19: new food support scheme launched in Abu Dhabi

The Authority of Social Contribution – Ma’an has announced it has begun work on a new food support scheme in Abu Dhabi to support those whose income has taken a hit amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a statement, Ma’an said that individuals, families and couples most affected and who meet the criteria can apply if their income is not enough to meet basic requirements.

The programme is open to both Emiratis and expats.

Eligible applicants will be provided with baskets of essentials including rice, pasta, dates, beans, tea, jam and noodles. Those with children will be given baby supplies as well.

Around 100,000 baskets are going to be distributed, with applications opening on April 19.

Applicants must be residents of Abu Dhabi and lost all or some of their income recently. They must also not be beneficiaries of other government support schemes. The programme will run every month for three months.

Deliveries are slated to begin on May 1, with Ma’an bearing the cost of the food baskets through its ‘Together we are Good’ programme.

“Our community has pulled together in an unprecedented way this last month to respond to the current health and economic challenges that are impacting not only Abu Dhabi, but the rest of the world,” said Salama Al Ameemi, the director general of Ma’an. “

“By working together, we will ensure that the most vulnerable in our community receive the support they need during this period,” she added. “I encourage people to come forward and apply through our website.”

This week, Ma’an launched a new toll-free helpline (800-3088) and a specially created microsite (togetherwearegood.ae) for those in need of relief.

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