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The loneliness of the feeders

Photo essay by Yoanny Aldaya

Retirees and pensioners eat in Havana in state spaces at reasonable prices. Most of the beneficiaries are older adults without families who are unable to carry out any social work.

In the Municipality of Old Havana there are 13 state soup kitchens where every day there are retirees and pensioners who every so often receive a plate of chicken and most of the time hash, rice, beans, peas or soup. And as a snack, a bread with croquette or with mayonnaise. The food comes from a central warehouse that supplies different areas of the State.

Not all Cubans have access to these SAF (Family Care System) feeders. There is a team of social workers who are responsible for evaluating whether the conditions for receiving this state aid are met.

Most of the beneficiaries are older adults without family and who are not in a position to carry out any social work.

Before the “Salary Restructuring” of 2020 (euphemism to name the comprehensive reform of salaries and pensions carried out by the Cuban government within the framework of a process of strong corrections in the economy), the cost of each food in those places was 1 peso for breakfast, 1 for lunch and 1 for dinner, that is, 3 pesos per day for the full meal of each day.

With the increase in wages (the minimum wage for a retiree went from 200 to 1,528 pesos), the standardized products in the supply booklet also rose, and the prices of these places of assistance rose from 1 peso to 10 pesos or a little more per food.

This essay was published in journalismosituado.com

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