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Food Vouchers

A young woman with special needs, Joana Takeyawa braved the hot sun and the long line to collect her food voucher at the Social Welfare Office in Toorak yesterday. This
07 Jan 2015 10:42
Food Vouchers

A young woman with special needs, Joana Takeyawa braved the hot sun and the long line to collect her food voucher at the Social Welfare Office in Toorak yesterday.

This was after the Ministry for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation increased the allocation for the food voucher payment from $30 to $50.

Accompanied by her aunt Melissa Jiko, 65 said they came around seven in the morning to collect their vouchers.

“Joana has been living with me, my husband and my two grandchildren for several years after her mother had passed away,” Ms Jiko said.

She said it was difficult for Joana to wait in the long lines but they were happy with the increase.

“My two grandchildren will be going to primary school from this year, one in Year One and the other in Year Two and both our food vouchers will help us buy our necessary food items.”

Ms Jiko said her husband cuts grass and does not earn much.

“We are very grateful to the ministry for increasing the payment as this will allow us to save money and buy healthy food items for our family.”

Another recipient, Grace Morrell, 72 said she was very happy with the increase in payment for the food vouchers.

“I’m from Naqara Island in Namosi and I have three children,” Ms Morrell said.

She said her husband had passed away and she was now living with her sister-in-law in Valelevu.

“With this programme, we know that the Government cares for us and they are willing to help us in whichever way they can.”

Line minister Rosy Sofia Akbar said the food vouchers was available at all the social welfare offices and clients were reminded to bring in their identification cards.

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