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Athens mayor writes to 20,000 residents about food aid program

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Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis (photo) sent letters to 20,000 of the city’s residents on Thursday to advise them that they are eligible for food coupons and that they have to submit applications before the August 26 deadline.

The letters were sent with the assistance of Hellenic Post (ELTA), which covered the postal cost and will allow residents to submit their applications at any of the 27 post offices within the boundaries of the city of Athens.

More than 280,000 people have applied for assistance through the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) in Greece, authorities said on Thursday.

The National Institute for Labor and Human Resources, which is responsible for coordinating the disbursement of funding in Greece under the aegis of the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, said that it has received over 130,742 applications, representing more than 280,000 people, for entry into a food program since mid-July.

Of those applications, 50,226 have been submitted by individuals and the rest by partner organizations such as public bodies, nongovernmental organizations and charities representing people in need.