Press Release

Premier's Office
Ministry of Health & Social Development
Ministry of Communications and Works
Release Date:
Monday, 20 April 2020 - 3:59pm

Premier and Minister of Finance the Honourable Andrew A. Fahie said the Government of the Virgin Islands has made provision for basic food packages to be delivered to all residents who need food.

The Government allocated $2 million dollars to the Health Emergency Operations Centre from the consolidated funds to the COVID-19 fund for the purpose of purchasing and delivery of food to residents in need.  

The Premier said that this shows that the Government has the best interest of all residents at heart during this pandemic.

He said, “Your Government has decided to ensure that basic food packages be delivered to you the people, those in terms of the seniors and those who are really in need will be the targeted group. Anyone else who has genuinely run out of food, the Government is paying for those food packages and will have them delivered to you.”

Premier Fahie also urged residents to trust the system instituted to provide the essentials to seniors and other persons who are in need.

Honourable Fahie said, “As the Minister of Finance, I continue to say to my people of this Territory to fear not, panic not. I have instructed that we spare no efforts to ensure that for all those who are needy or in need of food supply, that systems have been put in place to get it to you starting very aggressively... We will reach you at your home.”

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 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Priority will be given to seniors and vulnerable families. Persons can also register  by visiting


Photo Captions:

  • Photo 1:2- Honourable Kye Rymer engaged in the distribution process of essential food supplies packaged for delivery to those in need throughout the Territory
  • Photo 2:2- Transport packed with essential food supplies for delivery to those in need throughout the Territory


Sheriece T. Smith

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