Federal Government distributes food baskets to indigenous people of Mato Grosso
The Special Secretary of Indigenous Health, Robson Santos da Silva, represented the Ministry of Health at the ceremony to distribute 24,000 food baskets to indigenous peoples, traditional communities and people in situations of social vulnerability, which took place this Thursday (28), in Rondonópolis (MT).
"It was another stage of food distribution by the Federal Government, it reinforces the commitment to protect our indigenous people in Brazil," said the secretary.
The action is organized by the Ministry of Women, Family and Human Rights (MMFDH); Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI); National Indian Foundation (FUNAI); National Supply Company (Conab) and Palmares Cultural Foundation (FCP).
"This is a government fully committed to the food security of the indigenous people. We will always take care of these people. No one will be left behind," said the Minister of Women, Family and Human Rights, Damares Alves.
At the event, masks and soaps were also given to the local population. The action will ensure the protection and food security of indigenous peoples, in addition to reducing the impacts of the new coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19).
In the state of Mato Grosso alone, 24 thousand baskets, totaling 528 tons, will be delivered to 12 thousand indigenous families of 43 ethnic groups. Among them, Xavante, Kayapó, Bororo, Guarani-Kaiowá, Cinta-Larga, Terena and Manoki. The initiative will benefit around 154,000 families in more than 3,000 indigenous communities across the country.
Until now, more than 19,000 food baskets have been delivered across the country. In May, the goods went to indigenous and traditional communities located in the states of Minas Gerais (5,300), Rio Grande do Sul (6,400), Paraíba (1,000), Pernambuco (1,300) and Bahia (4,900).
With information from MMFDH