Opposition Leader Raises Concerns about Fair Distribution of Food Hampers
Leader of the Opposition, Moses Shyne Barrow, posed a question to the Minister of Human Development, Dolores Balderamos Garcia. The question had to do with the fair distribution of food hampers, or what was known as the food pantry. In his question, the opposition leader noted that the value of the food baskets are no longer what they used to be before the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dolores Balderamos Garcia, Minister of Human Development: “All constituencies of this country have been receiving and continue to receive the groceries from the grocery bag program. They have been receiving Madam Speaker and they will continue to receive. I could stop there but if you allow me I will go a little further. This government Madam Speaker is a government of equality and inclusion. We are a government whose political party has the motto “Serve the people.” And we will continue to serve the people in the best way we know how. We must provide the social safety net and the grocery bag program will continue. Under UDP you had to pay $12 for $24 value. Madam Speaker under this PUP administration we are not nickel and diming our people. The people who are receiving, and we try to do it in the best way we can and to rotate it so that many people who are in need can benefit, and that grocery bag is valued at $80 Madam Speaker. $80 dollars. You get chicken, you get meat and rice and beans and flour. Basics but we are proud of what we have been able to do in addition to bringing down unemployment, turning the economy around and as our Prime Minister always says the best social program in this country is putting our people to work.”