The Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) supports EU countries' actions to provide material assistance to the most deprived. EPA was invited to find ways to cooperate and our representative, Herminio Correa is working on finding ways to offer additional support by national parents associations in the form of empowerment to complement material contributions offered by FEAD. Read this short report and feel free to contact us if you want to join support action.
FEAD support includes food, clothing and other essential items for personal use, e.g. shoes, soap and shampoo. Material assistance needs to go hand in hand with social inclusion measures, such as guidance and support to help people out of poverty.
National authorities may also support non-material assistance to the most deprived people, to help them integrate better into society.
In real terms, over €3.8 billion are earmarked for the FEAD for the 2014-2020 periods. In addition, EU countries are to contribute at least 15% in national co-financing to their national programme.
FEAD support will help people take their first steps out of poverty and social exclusion. and will also help the most deprived people by addressing their most basic needs, which is a precondition for them to be able to get a job or follow a training course such as those supported by the ESF.
To date, five sessions have been held, four of which were for the presentation of good practices on the ground. EPA has accompanied all these sessions and will in due course present to all its members a proposal for a intervention and collaboration project with the NGOs of the European countries.