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Food Baskets for Those in Need

The Funchal City Council launched, last Friday, the ‘Funchal Cabaz Vital.’ An initiative which aims to give families living in the municipality of Funchal who are now in straightened means due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with at least one of more breadwinners either unemployed or laid-off.

CMF President Miguel Silva Gouveia is touched by “the response, often emotional, that the council teams have received on the ground. This is proof that many families are already experiencing difficulties, so the Chamber’s mission is this, that is, to help the basic needs of the people of Funchal and honour and uphold the government’s social conscience to assist those in need and went on to say that “the people of Funchal can count on us, now and in the future, to be at their side.”

“Over the past two months, we have involved traders in our municipal markets in responding to this crisis, first by reaching out to the elderly and disabled, then residents in the mountains and now families affected by the loss of income. Social support is the CMF’s crisis priority, and at the same time, we help our traders, farmers and producers to sell their products and protect the local economy.”

The baskets are free of charge and supplied on request, via email at or by phone 291 214 083, from Monday to Saturday, between 9 am and 12 pm, and at the time of ordering, beneficiaries must state the reason for their loss of income. The municipality makes deliveries, on a first-come, first-served basis, between 12 noon and 5 pm.  The city council will deliver, one basket per month for households up to three people and two baskets per month for families of more than four.

The baskets comprise of seasonal fruit and vegetables, aromatic herbs and eggs, all of which are supplied on a rotation basis by fruit and vegetable traders from Mercado da Penteada and Mercado dos Lavradores.

238 baskets of food were delivered in the first five days.

Samantha Gannon

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