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Persons who have received Temporary Christmas Food Support Cards through their Members of Parliament are being advised that they actually are valued at $550, rather than the $250 which had previously been stated erroneously.

The correction came in an advisory from the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services, today, which also confirms that the cards will be valid until January 31st, 2021.

“During preparation, letters to beneficiaries indicating that the amount on the Food Support card is $250 was inadvertently enclosed in some of the envelopes,” the release from the ministry explains.  

It added: “The Ministry sincerely apologises for the inconvenience caused and assures recipients that all cards have an available value of $550, which may be confirmed at the point of encashment. Supermarkets via the Supermarkets Association of Trinidad and Tobago (SATT) also have been notified about this situation.”

The ministry notes that Members of Parliament were responsible for distributing the Christmas Food cards to those in need within their communities. 

The release states the intention behind the cards was to ensure that vulnerable families who are experiencing hardship and are unable to fully provide for the nutritional needs of their respective families, are provided with the necessary support during the yuletide season.