Minister happy with quality, quantity in hamper boxes

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    Social Development Minister Donna Cox is disputing claims that the items in hamper boxes are not enough.

    The boxes are being distributed to children registered under the National School Feeding Programme.

    Today, the Minister visited NAMDEVCO’s Packing House in Piarco, after which she expressed satisfaction with the quality and quantity of items in the boxes.

    Instead, she claimed that some persons are seemingly “being mischievous and removing items from the bags before they take photos and post for circulation on Social Media.”

    The Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Sheila Seecharan says 79,000 children registered under the school nutrition programme will benefit from this initiative, which will cost $19,750,000.

    Each recipient will receive a hamper valued at $250, which contains a bag of ground provisions, callaloo bush, pumpkin, a bag of local fruits and vegetables, a carton of milk and cocoa.

    NAMDEVCO intends to distribute 1,300 packages per day.

    Distribution reportedly began on November 30th to areas including Fyzabad, Mayaro South Oropouche, Moruga, Rio Claro, Princes Town, Marabella, Pleasantville, Caroni, Couva, El Dorado, Arima, St Augustine Maloney, La Horquetta, El Socorro, Tacarigua, Aranguez, Blanchisseuse, Carenage, Diego Martin, Sangre Grande, Valencia and Tamana.