Eugénio Fonseca, president of Portuguese Caritas, who coordinates the various Diocesan Caritas throughout the country, said: “the covid-19 pandemic is the one that has had the greatest impact on the worsening of poverty in the last 100 years”.

Regarding the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, celebrated today on 17 October, the President of Caritas points to the rapid advance of the accumulation of fortune “in the hands of a few” and the disparity in its distribution, which makes it even more difficult to eliminate of poverty.

Since the beginning of the epidemic crisis, Caritas has supported , with the delivery of food vouchers in supermarkets, 4,660 people, which represents €58.465 paid with funds from Portuguese Caritas.

The food support is the one that involves a greater number of beneficiaries, however, the support to pay rent, electricity, medicines and medical exams is what costs the charity the most, to the tune of around €77,000.