Monday 7th August, 2006


Share, CFED part of new debit card system

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By Whitfield Turner

The Social Health and Rehabilitation Effort (Share) and the Community Enhancement Food Distribution exercise (CFED) have become part of the new debit card system.

More than 1,800 needy Tobagonians are expected to benefit from this move.

Assistant Secretary for Health and Social Services Albert Pilgrim made the announcement at last Thursday’s post-executive council news conference.

The Share programme, which had been in existence for some 13 years, was an initiative of the Ministry of Social Development while the CFED programme was run by the Division of Health and Social Services.

Pilgrim said previously, some 482 people received monthly hampers, but from August a total of 549 would be receiving hampers.

All hampers were previously valued at $250, making for a total of $12,500 on food hampers.

The debit card is the forerunner to the Smart Card, which takes effect in a year’s time.

Pilgrim said people would now be able to buy what they want at their convenience rather than take what is given to them in the hampers.

He also insisted that the most needy would get the most out of the system.

The minimum a person will receive is $300.

In August, 316 people are earmarked to receive $300 debit cards while 105 Tobagonians will receive $500 cards.

Some 549 people from the CFED programme will receive cards in August.

Share and CFED are expected to bring relief to 1,800 people.

The programme is scheduled to begin at the end of this month at some 13 groceries.

Pilgrim added that 17 more groceries will soon join the programme.

Furthermore, he said the value of the card for each recipient would be based on the number of people who live in the house.

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