More people are sinking deeper into the depths of poverty daily.
That’s according to Chaguanas West MP Dinesh Rambally.
He was speaking with Guardian Media yesterday, as he distributed hampers and other essential items to those in need in his constituency at his Munroe Road office.
Rambally said his office has been bombarded daily with calls and messages from hundreds of people seeking food support and employment.
He said the hampers from Namdevco via the Government initiative are not enough and he has sought assistance from members of the private sector to purchase food vouchers for needy families.
Rambally said things have gotten so bad for some families that they are not only struggling for food, but lack the funds to pay their bills. Some, he said, have no internet access for their children to attend classes.
“The demand is so high that the hampers are not enough. We have lists that are running immediately at the beginning of this month. We have well in excess of 750 names. We keep getting more names,” he said.
“The feedback we are getting is that more people are going on the breadline, people are looking for jobs, any odds and ends. People are on the breadline in my constituency and they are in need of social welfare assistance.”
He said hampers are only distributed to people who can supply their relevant information to submit to Namdevco. He said in most instances, people requesting hampers come from homes where no one in the family is working.
He said, “Despite COVID regulations, we have not been able to close the constituency office because the demand for assistance is so high.”