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Food Charities Close for Summer

By Iceland Review

An unusually large number of people sought assistance at Icelandic Church Aid last week. This is believed to be related to summer closings of other charities, reports.

Akureyri Church. Photo by Páll Kjartansson

A social worker at Icelandic Church Aid says that the demand for aid is higher now than in an average summer and therefore a total summer closing must never happen again.

For those who cannot afford to buy food, three charities operate in Iceland: Icelandic Church Aid, Iceland’s Family Aid (Fjölskylduhjálp Íslands) and Mædrastyrksnefnd (an association of women who support people in need). All three organizations generally close down for a period ranging from two to six weeks during the summer. The latter two have already administered their last donations.

An unusually high number of people sought food assistance at Icelandic Church Aid last week, over two hundred people. Vilborg Oddsdóttir, a social worker at the organization, links this to the summer closing of the other two charities.

According to Oddsdóttir, the food donations of the Reykjavík branch of Icelandic Church Aid are limited to four times a year, unless people ask for a consultation. Then the case is assessed specifically. She says that clearly the demand is higher now than in previous summers. Therefore, it has been decided to cut the summer closing from six weeks to two. However, from July 27th to August 10th, all three organizations will be closed.

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