Press Release

Premier's Office
Ministry of Health & Social Development
Release Date:
Friday, 24 April 2020 - 11:22pm

Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie said that the Cabinet has extended the registration timeline to April 25 at 7:00 p.m. for persons who are in need of food.

The Premier said, “For seniors, those who are vulnerable, and those who are needy or in need of some food supplies, we have the Food Need Hotline at 852-7688. Let us know if you did not receive your care package as yet so that we can fix what needs to be fixed.”

Premier Fahie said, “We know that the system is not yet perfect. But we continue to push forward. We are trying and it is only when you give us your feedback that we can identify the kinks in the system and iron them out immediately.”

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused along the way, and we will work to get those packages to you. Just bear with us, and help us to help you,” he added.

The Premier apologised to those who did not receive their care packages and stated that the Cabinet of the Virgin Islands has extended the registration for the Territorial Provisioning Programme until Saturday, April 25.

All Food request made will be completed in the subsequent days. The issuing officers will conduct checks to ensure that requests are not duplicated.

The Premier thanked all the Government personnel and other agencies for assisting with the distribution of care packages Territory-wide.

He said, “I want to thank the Governor and Deputy Governor for mobilising public officers, all the members of the Government for their untiring efforts, members of the House of Assembly, non-profit agencies, volunteer groups and individuals, statutory agencies, private sector, protection agencies, border agencies, delivery companies, supermarkets, pharmacies, for sparing no effort to ensure that we get to people in their homes in every district.”

Seniors and residents in need of food during the new 7 day Curfew are asked to call the Essential Supplies Hotline at 852-7688 to access basic food packages by 7:00 p.m. on April 25. Priority will be given to seniors and vulnerable families. Persons can also register by visiting

Photo Caption: Distribution of care packages during COVID-19 pandemic.


Sheriece T. Smith

Information Officer II 
Dept. of Information & Public Relations 
Telephone: 468- 2740