Fiji Time: 11:56 AM on Wednesday 4 May

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Food bank to open

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Sunday, March 30, 2014

THE introduction of the Food Bank initiative may help reduce the number of beggars on the country's streets, says a senior government official.

The new initiative launched on Friday is a co-ordinated and structured approach to address food poverty, targeted mainly at poor families and communities in the country.

In an interview, Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation permanent secretary Dr Joe Koroivueta confirmed that while the initiative might help poor people in some manner, it should be noted that the reasons for begging differ.

Dr Koroivueta said they should be able to start the food distribution in the Central Division before the end of the second quarter this year.

"It can help reduce beggars on our streets and it can and it would support them too because the reason for begging differs," he said.

"Some beg for employment, some to exploit the system and it should be noted that not all people who beg are poor…. that's the key statement.

"We must be very careful when we give to them either on temporary basis or as a solution."

Dr Koroivueta said this initiative would be under the management of a NGO.

He said people could come to these organisations if they needed food and the NGOs would work out the criteria.

"Three banks will be established in Suva, Lautoka and one in the North," said Dr Koroivueta.

While launching the initiative, Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma said the Food Bank was unique because it relies mainly on donations from the public

The Food Bank is expected to be opened in the Central Division by the end of July before it opens its other branches in the West and North.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.61870.5997
JPY 52.481149.4811
GBP 0.33370.3257
EUR 0.42280.4108
NZD 0.70910.6761
AUD 0.65260.6276
USD 0.48800.4710

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 4th May 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Nude pose
  2. 'Not my decision'
  3. Police inquiry into bullet find
  4. Engineer queries claims on building
  5. Koya: Be fair to all Fijians
  6. Sevens marked man
  7. $3 burden for firms
  8. Ministry tracks down $2m wage creditors
  9. Tuitubou: Stop criticising Fijian 7s players
  10. PM: People are our success

Top Stories this Week

  1. Tale of pain Monday (02 May)
  2. A son's fatal ride Monday (02 May)
  3. Boy needs $500 a week to live Monday (02 May)
  4. Spirit haunts village Tuesday (03 May)
  5. Cracks and holes deem building unsafe Monday (02 May)
  6. Family, friends bid farewell to car crash victim Monday (02 May)
  7. Bullet found on aircraft Tuesday (03 May)
  8. Sex talk worry Tuesday (03 May)
  9. Rawaca's hospital bill payment saga Thursday (28 Apr)
  10. WAF orders staff to work from home Friday (29 Apr)