Pre-paid cards to replace food vouchers

Government has introduced new pre-paid cards for people receiving financial assistance to buy groceries.

The cards will replace food vouchers that clients of the Needs Assessment Unit currently use, according to a press release issued by government last week.

The cards will be provided by all major local supermarket vendors in Grand Cayman.

“Local vendors will provide the pre-paid cards, which will function much as do debit cards. Clients will still be able to choose their preferred vendor from a list of participating vendors,” the statement read.

The cards are topped up electronically and any unused funds will be returned to Needs Assessment Unit once the service period has expired.

“Each pre-paid card is specific to the identified client and the balance on each card can be tracked. This reduces the risk of loss of funds due to the card being lost or stolen,” the government release stated.

It continued, “The introduction of the pre-paid cards does not affect the provision of services as it pertains to eligibility and the amount provided.”
The Needs Assessment Unit advised that it would distribute the pre-paid cards to clients in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, the paper vouchers will continue to be used.