The social ministry of the Argentine bishops’ conference has urged the government to declare a food emergency as the country’s economy careens into crisis.
“In the face of the severe rise in homelessness, poverty, unemployment and the indiscriminate rise in the price of food comprising the basic basket of goods, we find ourselves in a situation of food and nutritional emergency, which essentially affects the most vulnerable, especially children,” the bishops’ social ministry said in a statement.
The social ministry called on the government to distribute a basic basket of goods free of charge or at subsidised prices, which would be targeted toward families and include items such as meat, milk and eggs, along with items such as nappies. The statement also called for government support for school meals, community gardens and soup kitchens, with the latter being a project promoted by parishes throughout the country.
“Though the national state is assisting with greater food aid, it might not be sufficient to alleviate the deficiencies at the moment,” the social ministry’s statement said. “So we request the necessary measures be prepared to declare a food and nutritional emergency in the entire country, in a way so it can be carried out without delays.”
Picture: Women prepare food at a soup kitchen in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 3rd April 2019. The social ministry of the Argentine bishops’ conference has urged the government to declare a food emergency as the country’s economy careens into crisis. (CNS photo/Agustin Marcarian, Reuters).