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Material Assistance for the most deprived

Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities provides non-financial assistance to the most deprived people in the form of food packages and co-financing various accompanying measures that promote their social inclusion.

Operational Program for Food and/or Basic Material Assistance which is supported from the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) has been implemented in Slovenia since 2014 and is one of the most important measures for reducing the risk of poverty in the country.

The Program is implemented in cooperation with selected partner organisations, the Slovenian Red Cross and Slovenian Caritas, which distributes 4,000 tons of food products per year to the most deprived and carries out accompanying measures such as coping with everyday problems, individual psychosocial counseling and assistance, strengthening social skills, etc.). More than 150,000 people receive aid from the Program supported from FEAD in Slovenia every year.

The Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, on the basis of the Decision of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia no. 54400-4 / 2019/3 made in May 2019 began the preparation of the Program for the elimination of material deficiency in Slovenia for the period 2021-2027. Based on consultations with key partners, a general goal was set to provide food assistance and various accompanying measures to the most deprived people in Slovenia in the next programming period 2021-2027, which will be aimed at addressing their social exclusion and will contribute to eradicating poverty.