COVID-19: Addis Ababa Starts Food Rationing for its Vulnerable Residents

ADDIS ABABA – City Administration of Addis Ababa has started to distribute food to at least 1, 000 vulnerable residents in Lideta and Addis Ketema Sub Cites.

The food distribution program – supported by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Ethiopia was launched on Saturday by Deputy Mayor of Addis Ababa, Engineer Takelle Umma.

His office said the food rationing would last for three months and aims to ease the challenges due to coronavirus pandemic fallout.

The food rationing will particularly be key in part of Lideta Sub City where the movement of people has been restricted to curb the spread of the virus, the office stated.

“Today we received a commitment for over 100, 000 donated meals to be distributed every week for the next few months to the most vulnerable residents in both Lideta & Addis keema,” said the Deputy Mayor.

“These areas are the hardest hit by #Covid19,” he said, “We thank our partners for responding to this great need!”.

Addis Ababa is the epicenter of COVID-19 in Ethiopia, that has reported 1063 confirmed cases including eight deaths. Most of these cases are reported from the city.