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Mon May 10, 2021, 12:43 AM

Government extends food aid scheme to four million children under 14

President Alberto Fernández says government will extend Tarjeta Alimentar food card scheme to four million children aged under 14, with poverty on rise among youngsters.

The government has announced the expansion of existing food aid schemes to vulnerable sectors, with some four million children set to benefit from the measures.

The move is a response to soaring food prices and price increases and was the flagship announcement at last Friday’s meeting of the Consejo Federal Argentina contra el Hambre (“Federal Council of Argentina Against Hunger”).

Inflation in the first quarter of 2021 reached almost 13 percent and the hikes show no sign of slowing down, with 42 percent of Argentina’s 45-million population now considered poor, though the rate is even higher among those aged under 18.

On Friday, the government announced that the Tarjeta Alimentar food card scheme is to be expanded for vulnerable families with children aged six to 14. Previously, 1.9 million youngsters up the age of six benefited from the scheme, which will now be extended to around four million youngsters.


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