The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food coordinates the distribution of 33 million kilos of food among 1.3 million beneficiaries

This represents approximately 35% of the 2019 program, which ends with this installment – previously there have been two others. At the moment, food is found in these DACs and in the facilities of the Associated Delivery Organizations (OAR), which are the ones who distribute them among 1.3 million beneficiaries, who receive free basic food, low perishables, easy to transport and store.

These are quality foods and basic necessities, such as: white rice, cooked chickpeas, canned tuna, canned sardines, canned meat (lean), spaghetti-type pasta, canned fried tomato, biscuits, vegetable salad in preserves, canned fruit in light syrup, children's fruit jars, children's chicken jars, UHT whole milk, chocolate shakes and olive oil.

In the current situation, after the declaration of the state of alarm, this distribution of food takes on special importance, as does its distribution, ensuring strict compliance with the instructions of the health authorities regarding hygiene and cleaning measures in warehouses, and in planning the distribution of food to those most in need to avoid risky situations.

In these circumstances, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the competent authorities of the government delegations and subdelegations, the associated distribution organizations and the almost 5,300 OARs participating in the program, in collaboration with Civil Protection, the Military Emergency Unit (UME), regional and local entities, state security forces and bodies, as well as volunteers, are working in a coordinated way to ensure that these foods reach disadvantaged people.

The Spanish Agrarian Guarantee Fund (FEGA) does not deliver food directly to disadvantaged people, but rather through the Spanish Red Cross and the Spanish Federation of Food Banks who, in turn, distribute food to each and every one of the Spanish provinces through the authorized distribution partner organizations. The list of currently authorized OARs can be consulted on the FEGA website.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food develops, via FEGA, from 1987 to 2013 community food aid plans through the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund and, during the current period 2014-2020, under the framework of social policy and of EU cohesion, through the European Aid Fund for the most disadvantaged (FEAD).

2020 food aid program

For the food aid program for the most disadvantaged people in the EU 2020, the public tender procedure for the purchase of food has already been completed, which will be distributed to the beneficiaries between the months of June 2020 and April 2021. This distribution will be carried out in three distribution phases, as has been done in recent years. In this new program annuity, an expense in the purchase and distribution of food of more than 91 million euros is foreseen.

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