Measures have been taken to establish food banks and food exchange centres focusing on religious places to ensure food security and improve the nutritional status of the public.
This was revealed at a progress review discussion of the Food Safety and Nutrition Assurance Programme which was held virtually yesterday (21) under the chairmanship of Presidential Adviser on Food Security, Dr. Suren Batagoda.
Accordingly, the programme will be implemented covering all 14,000 Grama Seva divisions in the island focusing on religious places at the District Secretariat and Divisional Secretariat level under the supervision of the Ministry of Buddhasasana and Religious Affairs.
The food exchange centres established in these areas will collect excess food from local households and deliver them to the food banks to be delivered to families facing food shortages.
Also, through these food exchange centres, residents will have the opportunity to exchange extra meals with residents of other areas who also have excess food, thereby preventing wastage.
It was also discussed to obtain the contribution of Buddhist monks and priests of all religious institutions to make this programme a success, as they have a better understanding of the living conditions of the individuals in respective areas.
In addition to the instructions and provisions of the circulars currently issued, the new circular issued by the Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government on how to prepare economic revival centres and their development plan was also discussed.
All the District Secretaries and Planning Directors of the island joined in this discussion.