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The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services has apologised for a mix-up in the value of temporary Food Support cards being distributed for Christmas saying they are actually valued at $550 and not $250.

In a news release yesterday the ministry explained that during preparation, letters to beneficiaries indicating that the amount on the Food Support card is $250 was inadvertently enclosed in some of the envelopes.

It said, “ 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 have also been notified about this situation.”

The ministry said as is customary, cards were distributed to deserving households via the 41 Members of Parliament, in an effort 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.

Members of Parliament are responsible for distributing the Christmas Food cards to those in need within their communities and these cards will be valid until January 31, 2021.