Manaus (AM) – Governor Wilson Lima formalized Amazonas’ adherence to the Brazil Without Hunger Plan, this Friday (17), in a ceremony with the participation of the head of the Ministry of Development and Social Assistance, Family and Combating Hunger (MSD), Wellington Dias. The ceremony was held at the Vasco Vasques Convention Center, in the central-south area of Manaus.
On the occasion, Wilson Lima highlighted that the Government of Amazonas develops several actions in areas related to the ministry’s strategic programs for the Brazil Without Hunger Plan. Among the initiatives are access to social benefits such as State Aid; ensuring food safety with Prato Cheio restaurants; and professional training through the Amazonas Technological Education Center (Cetam).
“All these actions are important to combat hunger, so that we can provide minimum survival conditions for these people”,
said the governor, highlighting that most people’s desire is to have a signed work card, to guarantee their family’s livelihood with their own work.
“That’s why we work every day to create jobs, create opportunities for people”,
completed Wilson Lima.
Minister Wellington Dias also announced the release of resources of more than R$ 170 million within the actions of the Brazil Without Hunger Plan and the Poverty Reduction Program, including investments in the Unified Social Assistance System (SUAS), in the Acquisition Program of Food (PAA) and the anticipation for this Friday of the payment of Bolsa Família for 620 thousand families in 55 municipalities in the state, totaling R$447 million.
“We are going to take Brazil off the hunger map and we are going to look especially at Amazonas. In the Amazon, the forest is important, but our understanding is that within the forest we have to take care of the people who live in the forest”,
highlighted Wellington Dias.
The governor also met with the minister on two other agendas, one at the Centro de Artes Jr. Yolanda Setúbal, Compensa neighborhood, west zone, where there is a community kitchen. The visit was accompanied by senator Omar Aziz, federal deputies Saullo Vianna and Silas Câmara and state deputy Sinésio Campos, as well as Victor Bicca, director of government relations at Coca-Cola, the company that financially maintains the space.
Wilson Lima presented to the minister a unit of the Prato Cheio Program, in the Alvorada neighborhood, in the center-west zone, which serves 400 meals daily to vulnerable people.
Also accompanying the governor and the minister on the agendas were: other federal deputies, such as Fausto Jr.; state deputies, such as the president of the Amazonas Legislative Assembly, Roberto Cidade; the mayor of Manaus, David Almeida; the president of the Amazon Association of Municipalities and mayor of Rio Preto da Eva, Anderson Souza; the director of institutional relations at the Carrefour Group, Delcio Sandi; secretaries and councilors.
Fighting hunger in Amazonas
Among the State Government’s programs are also the guarantee of quality school meals with the School Meal Regionalization Program (Preme) and the program to combat and prevent food waste.
The Federal Government’s Brazil Without Hunger Plan aims to take Brazil off the hunger map by 2030, with actions that involve reducing poverty and access to income and healthy food.
The largest income transfer program in the history of Amazonas guarantees R$150 per month for 300,000 families in situations of poverty and extreme poverty. Among the benefited families, 90% are headed by women.
The benefit reaches 62 municipalities in Amazonas, combating hunger and boosting the economy with the injection of R$45 million per month. In just over two years, the State has already invested R$1.1 billion with aid alone. Due to this year’s drought, in October and November payment was made in advance.
Wilson Lima increased the number of Popular Restaurants and Kitchens from seven to 44. Today there are 18 units in the capital and 26 in the interior. The project has a partnership with companies such as Recofarma, Innova and Yamaha.
Since 2019, across the state, more than 10.7 million meals have been served. During this period of drought, the R$1 charge for units operating as Popular Restaurants was suspended in municipalities in emergency situations.
With the School Meal Regionalization Program, the State purchases food from local producers for lunch in the state education network. In total, more than R$168 million has already been invested in the acquisition of regional products since 2019, generating income for farmers and ensuring nutritional quality for more than 1.4 million students in the state network.
Through the Program to Combat and Prevent Food Waste and Loss, food items in usable conditions are collected at partner fairs and supermarkets for donation. Since 2019, more than 1,000 tons of food have been collected and donated to 1,500 social institutions and community kitchens, serving more than 500,000 socially vulnerable people.
Fish on the Plate
In addition, the State also works with fish donations, purchasing fish for civil society organizations with social projects. Since 2020, more than 1 thousand tons of fish have been distributed, benefiting almost 390 thousand families in 34 cities in Amazonas. Investments total approximately R$15 million in the acquisition of fish, providing income to fishermen and fish farmers.
In partnership with the Federal Government, the State purchases items from family farming and allocates them for donation. More than 8,800 tons of regional products have been purchased since 2019, with an investment of more than R$25 million, benefiting more than 430,000 socially vulnerable people in 56 municipalities in Amazonas.
The Amazonas Food Bank is being implemented, in partnership with Mesa Brasil, from Sesc. Food will be collected, in usable conditions, and donated by companies and institutions to people in vulnerable situations.
In Manaus and to support the flow of rural production, minister Wellington Dias donated five box trucks to the municipalities of Tapauá, Guajará, Barreirinha, Nhamundá and Itacoatiara. The vehicles were purchased through the MDS with resources from the Food Acquisition Program (PAA), totaling R$1.425 million.
*With information from consultancy
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