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COVID-19: Family Overwhelmed With Food Pack

Families who live in the lockdown areas and need to access this emergency food supply can call toll-free number 161.
03 May 2021 13:02
COVID-19: Family Overwhelmed With Food Pack
Kesa Bulu (right), and her children (from left): Liviana Fipe, 11, Talica Domodilagi, 7, and Erini Marama, 10, at their home in Jittu Estate on May 2, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

Kesa Bulu and her family at Jittu Estate in Samabula were one of the Fijian families in the Suva-Nausori corridor who received food packs from the Fijian Government yesterday.

With the sudden COVID lockdown announced on Friday night, Ms Bulu, 39, said she went to the supermarket but it was closed.

“We called 161 and it was not going through. We borrowed our neighbour’s phone and it went through,” she said.

Ms Bulu who resides with her seven children and two other adults said they had rice and dhal rice on Saturday and were left with only flour yesterday.

Surprised as the delivery trucks showed up with supplies, she said yesterday’s food pack distribution was timely and it was enough to last them for the week.

“I am grateful to the government for their help. This means a lot.”

Meanwhile, 5000 packs were delivered to many families on Saturday and a similar amount delivered yesterday.

The pack consists of 10kg rice, 4kg flour, four tinned fish, and 1kg split peas, two packs of breakfast crackers, tea leaves, a packet of milk and a bottle of oil.

The Government Procurement Office has been busy as deliveries from Punjas and Sons arrive from Lautoka and are reloaded for dissemination in the Suva-Nausori corridor.

However, while there are people who genuinely needed food as a result of the short notice, the assessment team at the Procurement Office encountered people who were making use of what was being given free.

Republic of Fiji Military personnel delivering a food pack to a family along Khalsa Road in Nasinu on May 2, 2021. Photo: Ministry of Health and Medical Services

Republic of Fiji Military personnel delivering a food pack to a family along Khalsa Road in Nasinu on May 2, 2021. Photo: Ministry of Health and Medical Services

This led to the 161 line being overwhelmed.

Ministry of Health permanent secretary Dr James Fong in his address on Saturday night highlighted this.

He said in some cases different members of the same family would call hoping to cash in on the food deliveries.

Families who live in the lockdown areas and need to access this emergency food supply can call toll-free number 161.

You can also text to 161- send your name, address, and the number of family members in your household.

Edited by Losirene Lacanivalu

Feedback: shalveen.chand@fijisun.com.fj



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