A European Union-funded campaign to distribute food to disadvantaged Bulgarians was launched in the capital city Sofia on October 7 2013.
About 16 816 tons of food said to be worth about 17.6 million euro will be given away through the programme.
More than 330 000 people will benefit from the campaign, which will run in two tranches, in October and December, according to the Bulgarian Red Cross.
There are eight categories of people eligible to receive food through the campaign, defined by the social assistance agency to include people receiving heating benefits, adoptive mothers who received monthly benefits for children aged up to one year in 2012, people who received monthly benefits for children with disabilities last year, and people acting as guardians of disabled people, among other categories.
The food will be distributed via 31 regional warehouses of the Bulgarian Red Cross, which will pass it on to 336 distribution points throughout Bulgaria.
Recipients will get 10 types of food products, including rice, flour, sugar, cooking oil, beans, lentils, jam, honey, wafers and mashed potatoes.
Any food left over after the end of the second tranche on December 20 will be provided to a list of approved social and psychiatric care facilities across Bulgaria.
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