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POVERTY Sharma Tells Food Bank Plan

It will rely mainly on donations from companies and people WATI TALEBULA SUVA A food bank initiative, the first in Fiji which is targeted to alleviate poverty, was launched by
31 Mar 2014 12:08

It will rely mainly on donations from companies and people

WATI TALEBULA
SUVA

A food bank initiative, the first in Fiji which is targeted to alleviate poverty, was launched by the Minister for Health, Dr Neil Sharma, at the Central Cuisine Restaurant last Friday night.
In conjunction with the Ministry of Social Welfare the food bank will target poor families.
The food bank, Dr Sharma said, would rely mainly on donations from companies and even from people.
“Food banks rely mainly on donations. With that comes a whole variety of issues,” he said.
Dr Sharma said they had developed a guideline to maintain the standards and see that the food was safe for consumption.
“A taskforce has developed a guideline designed to maintain standards as well as for training staff with regards to food safety,” he said.
“The intent is to share information on food safety, and help to ensure that the food items being distributed at the soon to be established food bank are safe for consumption.
“A consortium of non- govermental organisations could manage the facility with minimal overhead costs,” Dr Sharma added. The managing director of Visama Rice Mill, Suresh Singh, said issues regarding poverty needed to be addressed.
“This is the first time we are being part of something like this and we will do everything we can to make a difference in people’s lives,” Mr Singh said.
wati.talebula@fijisun.com.fj




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