AROUND 900 families in Cartagena have received food aid and other basic expenses this summer.
Charity Caritas said local people are still suffering with lack of employment, job insecurity and the absence of state aid and are struggling to survive. They said the number of people they have helped this summer has risen by 10 per cent compared to last year.
The local authorities have been criticised for not doing more to assist, but the town hall has rejected calls from opposition groups to open spaces to ensure that children can enjoy a good breakfast saying they were working with groups like Caritas. They said it was better for them to purchase food at lower prices to give to families for them to consume at home in a bid to avoid the social stigma of going to soup kitchens.
The city said it had chosen to “strengthen its support services already in operation to serve families in need.”
Users of Caritas receive vouchers from €20-30 a month to help purchase basic food and hygiene products at 25 per cent discount.