The President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, launched the “Alimentos para Chile” (Food for Chile) program this Friday, which will provide baskets of food and hygiene products to middle class and vulnerable families who are in quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“This means support and relief for millions of Chilean families who undoubtedly need it urgently,” explained the President after dispatching the first trucks from La Moneda Palace to the districts of Quinta Normal, Estación Central and Santiago.
The emergency aid will be delivered to 32 municipalities of Greater Santiago over the weekend, while the rest of the country will begin receiving it over the next few days, starting with the regions of Arica and Parinacota, Tarapacá, Antofagasta and Bío Bío.
“This is an effort that requires organization, logistics, production and distribution on a scale never before seen in Chile,” added President Piñera. He was accompanied by Interior Minister Gonzalo Blumel and Minister Secretary General of the Government Karla Rubilar; the Regional Governor of the Metropolitan Region, Felipe Guevara; and the mayors of Santiago, Felipe Alessandri; Estación Central, Rodrigo Delgado; and Quinta Normal, Carmen Gloria Fernández.
The aid will be delivered directly to people’s homes without them needing to go out, in order to safeguard the population as much as possible.
The food basket includes pulses, pasta, oil, milk, sugar, tinned foods, flour, soap and detergent, among other products.