Caritas steps in to help students

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CARITAS has come to the aid of children in need.
Dozens of schoolchildren in Alicante Province are struggling to pay for their lunch service at schools this month. Whilst not all schools provide a canteen during the month of June, for those that do, government aid is not available ceasing in May, meaning those children in need face the possibility of not having a full meal.
With protests made to the government, which has failed to provide an answer or solution, Caritas has stepped in to continue to provide food for pupils: “The charity has decided to maintain the programme developed during the school year to give help to children in situations of difficulty and offer a snack. Generally these conclude in early June, but given the unpredictability of the administration, we will maintain them for at least the months of June and July,” said Jaime Perez President of Caritas in the province.
As well as food at school, Caritas has also provided small packages of food to take home as Perez explained: “This is another area where we work to be able to deliver food directly to families most affected by this economic situation.”
The President of Caritas noted that over the last year services of the charity have decreased by 5 per cent, which Perez attributed to “the return of many immigrants to their countries thanks to a slight improvement in the economic situation.” However, there are still 76,940 people in Alicante Province receiving aid and help through the various programmes of Caritas.


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