In an attempt to ensure the city’s most impoverished inhabitants also enjoy the festive celebrations, Faro Council is helping feed the municipality’s needy with Christmas hampers and by keeping its school canteens open.
Faro council said it will be keeping its school canteens open over the Christmas holidays “to provide the neediest children with at least one meal a day.”
“The Christmas holidays tend to be a period when school canteens close their doors, but Faro City Council is keen to keep them open to enable the poorest children to have at least one meal a day”, the council said in a statement.
Canteens will remain open between 19 December and 2 January to feed some 56 primary school pupils throughout the county.
“With this initiative, the municipality intends to provide some comfort this festive season to families with difficulties, with children being at the forefront of social action,” Faro council stressed.
It will also be delivering festive hampers to some 250 deprived families in the region, flagged by social services, whose income is less than €200 a month.
Festive foods in the hampers include cod fish, olive oil, dried and tinned foods, chouriço sausage, milk, chickpeas and traditional broa sweets.
Each hamper is worth around €16.42.
“It is a symbolic gesture, full of solidarity, and is intended to help those who are in a situation of greater fragility, and thus may find some comfort to celebrate this holiday season”, Faro council explained, adding: “We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”