Caritas Malta provides 500 ‘solidarity meals’ a day

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Caritas Malta is concerned about the reality currently faced by people who are suffering from the social and economic effects of due to coronavirus and how these people need urgent support.

Caritas Malta said that through the telephone calls they receive on a daily basis by people asking for help, Caritas Malta has become aware of new social difficulties experienced by vulnerable people who are most at risk in these circumstances;

  • Individuals who prior to COVID-19 outbreak already had low income
  • The elderly who live alone and cannot receive any help from their neighbours
  • Parents who have children with severly disability who can no longer use respite services
  • Homeless people
  • Foreigners who lost their job and are not entitled to unemployment benefits or government benefits on rent
  • Those who fear they will not be able to pay rent due to reduced income
  • People who suffer from mental health issues
  • People who are dependent on drugs and cannot attend rehabilitation programmes
  • Children and women who suffer from domestic abuse

The director of Caritas Malta, Anthony Gatt said in a statement that these are extraordinary times where we can show our solidarity to one another despite our differences. Gatt said that we are experiencing the State, the Chruch, the NGOs and the private sector all working together to assist the people who need help the most.

On the 2nd of April, Caritas Malta has launched the initiative to deliver 200 meals a day but this number has increased to 500.

The Alfred Mizzi Foundation are sponsoring these ‘Solidarity Meals’ which are being delivered to different households.

Around 40 people are involved in delivering the meals and there are 4 hubs where food is first received then delivered. These hubs are at the Marsascala, Bormla, Iklin and Balzan parishes. The necessary preventive measures are being adopted and observed.

All the people involved in this initiative are volunteers.

Caritas Malta also said that it is working in collaboration with Malta Trust Foundation to assist those who are going through difficult times but manage to prepare their own food and they are being provided with a hamper consisting of food items.