Church, ministry launch food program for children

Low-income families who are unable to adequately feed their children will be eligible to join a new food program co-signed Friday by Archbishop Ieronymos and Edcation Ministry Constantinos Arvanitopoulos.

Run by charity group Apostoli, the scheme aims at providing food to schoolchildren who are undernourished because their families cannot afford to feed them properly, “in a way that will safeguard their anonymity and their dignity, and will not upset the ties they have formed within their school environment,” a joint statement said.

The scheme foresees the distribution of some 2,000 food parcels a day to needy families by Apostoli via schools that have applied to be part of the program.

For families to be eligible, they need to produce evidence that they have an income of no more than 8,000 euros per year if they have three members, 9,500 euros/year if they have four, 11,000 euros/year if they have five, and so on.

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