The Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived or as is more known as the FEAD, is co-financed by the European Union program which will run until 2020.
Besides offering material assistance to families who are most in need or vulnerable, the FEAD also contributes to achieving one of the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy, namely the reduction of poverty and social exclusion.
This food is distributed 3 times a year.
i) Families who receive a non-contributory benefit and pass the Means Test and who have 2 or more children under the age of 16 years
ii) Families who have 2 or more children under the age of 16 years old and have an income of less than 80% of the National Minimum Wage
iii) Families who have 2 or more children under the age of 16 years and whose income does not exceed the National Minimum Wage
iv) Families (not single persons) who are in receipt of a non-contributory Age Pension
Categories i, iii, and iv will receive the same value of food products in each division (Package A), while category ii and all of the above who have more than 3 children under the age of 16 years will receive an additional food distribution package (Package B) that is made by half of the foodstuffs found in Package A.
Eligible persons do not have to submit an application to benefit from this scheme.
The food packages will be distributed in 17 centres spread around Malta and Gozo to facilitate as much as possible the collection of food to those who are eligible.
Those who will benefit from this program will receive an advance letter informing them that they are eligible and to inform them with the center, dates and times where they can collect the package/s of their food.