The Trinidad and Tobago government has currently implemented restrictions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. As a result, many asylum-seekers and refugees have become temporarily unemployed, leading to a great demand in food assistance. Through an online application*, individuals can receive this type of assistance. Living Water Community is distributing food using various methods including supermarkets and partnering with community organisations.
Several other parishes also offer basic food assistance as well as other welfare such as clothes. Below is a list of the parishes offering these services:
- The Cathedral Parish
- Cedros Catholic Church
- St. Phillips and St. James R.C. Church
- St. Paul’s R.C. Church
- St. Anthony’s R.C. Church
- Grand Couva Tabaquite Parish
- La Horquetta Parish
- Malabar R.C. Church
- Maloney R.C. Church
- Mt. Lambert Parish
- Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
- Our Lady of Perpetual Help
- St. Finbar’s R.C. Church
- St. Theresa’s R.C. Church
*Application for Food Assistance does not guarantee approval.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I apply for food assistance?
To begin your application for food assistance, please contact the Living Water Community: Ministry for Migrants and Refugees Food Assistance department directly via the following methods:
WhatsApp/Text: 1 (868) 297-5870
How long will it take to receive my food assistance?
Food assistance is not guaranteed once an application has been submitted. If you are approved, you will receive a message to inform you of your approval.
How will I receive my food assistance?
Once you have been approved for food assistance, a QR code, the value of the food assistance, and information about the supermarket will be sent to you by email in both English and Spanish.
How many times can I receive food assistance?
Food assistance is only provided one time for most people.
Why was my application for food assistance denied?
If you received assistance from us in the last six months, you will not receive assistance again at this time. Also, all persons who apply to us using false information will automatically be denied assistance. This includes having other persons in your household apply to receive assistance again, using a different document or phone number to try to receive assistance again, telling us the wrong number of persons in your household, or providing any other type of incorrect information. This kind of action delays the process for everyone who needs assistance.
Emergency food assistance recipients are able to purchase food supplies with QR Code E-vouchers at select supermarkets nationwide.