Food aid for residents in the Valencia region


Households in the Valencia region with income of less than €21,000 a year will be able to claim a €90 food card.

Regional president Ximo Puig said the ‘bono cesta’ will benefit 500,000 people.

It is designed to help residents cope with the sharp rise in the cost of living brought on by continued price hikes in supermarkets.

Sr Puig said his government is stumping up €48 million for the measure to help the most vulnerable people in society.

It can be claimed from the start of April and households will have until July 15 to ask for the aid.

He said the measure will work via a prepaid card ‘which can be used in any supermarket or shop in the Valencia region’. It does not have to be spent in one go and will remain valid for four months after it is issued.

The qualification cut-off of €21,000 is based on the official annual income (renta) declared by a person/household in 2021.

It is compatible with other state aid including the €200 one-off payment announced by the national government.

“Due to the situation caused by the criminal war started by Putin we could opt for the ‘everyman for himself’ approach – or increase public action based on social justice, and work for the majority – and we have chosen the second option,” said Sr Puig.

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