POND ISLAND: The Netherlands has provided a grant to execute the food assistance program for the next two months with the possibility for extension for an additional two months. This program is an
extension of the one that was executed by the Red Cross St. Maarten Chapter.
Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, Omar Ottley announced on Monday that the final approval was received from the Netherlands for the extension of the food assistance program.
Government has enlisted St. Maarten Development Fund (SMDF), who was a coordinating partner in the Red Cross program, to coordinate and execute the food program.
“Now that the approval was given, the government will finalize the agreement with SMDF. In the meantime, we request them to commence with the operational preparations to execute,” said Ottley.
The food assistance program is important to many St. Maarten families impacted by the coronavirus measures and the negative spinoff on the tourism-driven economy.