Last Friday (20) there was a joint public hearing of the Food Safety and Cumpra-se Commissions, of the Legislative Assembly of the State of Rio de Janeiro (Alerj). During the meeting, measures were presented to combat hunger in the state, such as the creation of solidarity kitchens and the expansion of popular restaurants.
The parliamentarians that make up the panels stated that they will seek the approval of two bills that deal with the issue. The state government has now presented plans for the implementation of 11 new restaurants in Rio de Janeiro.
The bills presented during the hearing were 213/2023, which establishes the Solidarity Kitchen program for the institution, with the purpose of distributing food to the socially vulnerable population; and 5957/2022, which provides for the creation of the Herbert de Souza Hunger Observatory (Betinho) in the state of Rio. Both proposals were authored by deputy Renata Souza (PSOL), who commented on the need for public policies to prevent hunger.
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“I have no doubt that our alliance with social movements is fundamental. Today, the state of Rio de Janeiro concentrates 10% of the population that suffers from hunger in Brazil. The country has around 213 million people and 218 million heads of cattle. In other words, given the number of cattle, it would be enough to feed the entire population. With PL 213, we mirror the federal government’s Solidarity Kitchens program here in Rio, to expand the fight against hunger”, stated the parliamentarian.
The president of the Food Security Commission, MST (PT) deputy Marina, expressed concern about the structure of popular restaurants. On the 6th and 10th of October, respectively, the Commission carried out technical visits to the equipment in Duque de Caxias, in Baixada Fluminense, and Bonsucesso, in the North zone of Rio de Janeiro.
“The Commission will carry out more visits to produce a joint report analyzing the implementation of public policy and demands for improvements”, explained Marina.
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Among the main demands presented by citizens during the hearing are the expansion of the number of popular restaurants, that social facilities start to serve three meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner – every day of the week, and free meals for the elderly and people with disabilities. deficiencies.
The coordinator of Food and Nutritional Security programs at the State Secretariat for Social Development and Human Rights, Suelen de Barros, explained how the agency is planning to respond to these requests.
“In June, the decree regulating Restaurante do Povo was published. We have 11 restaurants open, providing around 25 thousand meals per day. We plan to open five more in this second half of the year: Barra Mansa, Madureira, Queimados, Nova Iguaçu and Petrópolis. For the first half of 2024, we expect six more: Nilópolis, São João de Meriti, Magé, Complexo do Alemão, Santa Cruz and Méier. We are talking internally to look for ways to open on weekends”, highlighted the coordinator.
Also present at the hearing were federal deputy Reimont (PT-RJ); the representative of the State Forum for the Street Population, Cláudio Santos; the advocacy manager at Ação da Cidadania, Ana Paula Souza; public defender Andréa Sepúlveda Brito; and the representative of the State Secretariat for Planning and Management, Leandro Torquato.
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Source: BdF Rio de Janeiro
Editing: Jaqueline Deister