The director of the Lithuanian Food Bank, Simonas Gurevičius, admitted that since July-August it has been felt that it has become more difficult for people. The photo is illustrative. A photo: Shutterstock
Director of the National Network of Poverty Reduction Organizations Aiste Adomavicienė drew attention to the fact that more than a third of Lithuanians do not even have 380 euros for unforeseen expenses, writes RusDelfi.lt.
“According to estimates, 36% of Lithuanians do not even have 380 euros in case of unforeseen expenses. These people live paycheck to paycheck: they do not necessarily live in poverty, but they do not have money to put aside, these people are sensitive to any rise in the price of goods and services. There are many people with very low incomes: pensioners, disabled people,” Adomavicene said.
She recalled that in 2018, 28% of Lithuanians felt energy poverty: “This means being able to pay bills, heat enough housing, and have information about assistance funds. Probably, before this crisis, this indicator has improved. Unfortunately, now there are fears that more people will face energy poverty, it will be more difficult for them to pay their bills, they will save both central heating and other types of fuel.”
Simonas Gurevičius, director of the Lithuanian Food Bank, admitted that since July-August it has been felt that people have become more difficult: “The increase in food prices has affected the fact that the needs of our 600 non-governmental organizations and their partners are growing. On average, we now provide assistance to 170,000 people. There are more and more requests for donations. The situation is not yet tragic, but every month the number of people in need increases by a thousand.”
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