Individual Food Packages

In relation to the implementation of the Food and/or Basic Material Assistance Operational Program, following the approval of the funding applications, the Bulgarian Red Cross was designated as a contractor implementing the “Provision of Individual Food Packages” Component for 2015 and 2016.

The program is funded by the Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived (FEAD) and the Managing Authority for Bulgaria is the Social Assistance Agency. Local authorities and the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency are also involved in this process.

Annually, the lists of about 300,000 eligible beneficiaries are elaborated by the Social Assistance Agency, while the distribution process of the individual packages containing basic food products (flour, rice, lentils, spaghetti, canned food, canned fish, hotpot, compote, jam, honey, etc.) is carried out by employees and volunteers of the Bulgarian Red Cross, in over 300 distribution points all over the country.

This large-scale humanitarian program is very much needed for vulnerable people living in extreme poverty and their number is constantly increasing, according to the expanding range of supported groups. The scope and the nature of the program periodically give rise to various difficulties requiring great efforts to resolve them, but through mobilization of its staff and about 4,000 dedicated volunteers, the BRC manages to organize the process in a way so that the aid can reach the people in need on time.