Palma.—The Food Bank, Catholic charity Caritas, the Red Cross and Palma City Council last year handed out a total of 1'741'515 kilos of food to the needy in Palma last year.

The Palma City Councillor for Social Welfare, Sandra Fernandez, explained that the majority of the food handed out by the council came from the European Union's Agricultural Fund while the council purchased 25'000 kilos itself and a further 21'000 kilos was donated.

Fernandez said that the Food Bank distributed 826'791 kilos of food in Palma, the Red Cross 203'466 and Caritas, 300'000. The Councillor stressed the important work all of the organisations involved in caring for the needy carried out last year and praised all those who donated food in view of the financial hardships everybody is facing.

However, with the situation only expected to get worse as the recession continues in the Balearics and more people lose their jobs, Fernandez urged the general public to continue giving and while steps are going to be taken to improve the level of cooperation between the various charities so the scheme to help the needy can be more efficient.

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