A committee involving the Parish and local council of Mġarr is organising a food bank to help families worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
“Recent and on-going closures of businesses, brought about by the national measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus, are causing many families to drop below the poverty line.”
“Many are not even managing to put food on the table, let alone lead a decent life and live in modest comfort,” the committee said in a statement.
The initiative called #SolidarjetaMĠARR is a collaboration of food stores, supermarkets, confectioneries and a few other outlets to help families put food on the table.
Shoppers are asked to leave items in a designated trolley in all participating food stores.
Donations will also be collected at the Parish. This money will help to buy less generic items, such as gluten-free or dairy-free products which may be needed by specific families.
It is hoped that this becomes a nation-wide initiative, with other localities and their parishes taking on their own versions of the project, using the hashtag #Solidarjeta followed by the name of the said locality.
The outbreak of coronavirus in Malta has been met with drastic measures by the government in an effort to control its spread.
Commercial flights have closed, as are non-essential shops and services, bars, restaurants and gyms. Most businesses are closed for the foreseeable future, with the entire economy facing a significant downturn.
Redundancies have already started and are predicted to continue.
#SoliderjetaMĠARR are asking shoppers for the following items:
Galletti or Crackers
Long-life or tinned milk
Tea / Coffee
Tins of peas, corn, beans, tomatoes, carrots etc.
Oranges or tangerines
Dried figs or dates
See more information on the initiative below