Poverty and social exclusion remain a major challenge in many EU countries, with single-parent and large families, pensioners, people with disabilities and the homeless particularly affected.

In order to provide critical support to people in crisis situations and to reduce social inequalities between different groups in society, the Society Integration Foundation implements a programme of the Fund of European Aid to the Most Deprived, which aims to provide food and basic material support and to promote social inclusion through various complementary measures.

The Foundation brings together and effectively engages important non-governmental actors in the delivery of support partner organisations throughout Latvia, including the Samaritan Fund, the Samaritan Association of Latvia, the Latvian Red Cross and the Salvation Army, which ensure the distribution of food and basic material assistance kits, the preparation and distribution of meals and the implementation of additional activities.  

Who can get help?

Families or persons living alone who:

  • qualify as a household in need;
  • are in crisis;
  • qualify as a low-income household, with a monthly income of less than €327 for the first or only person in the household and €229 for each additional person in the household.

What documents are needed to get support?

Important!!! You must apply to the municipal social services for a certificate of your household's status as being poor, low-income or in crisis.

What support is available?

Support packages

  • grocery kits;
  • hygiene and household kits;
  • baby food kits (3 kinds depending on the age of the child);
  • hygiene kits for young children (4 kinds depending on the age of the child);
  • school kits (for children aged 5-16)

Soup kitchens

With the support of the Fund, 29 soup kitchens in Latvia provide meals.

Important!!! You do not need to show a status certificate to receive meals.

For information on the distribution of the support packages and the locations of the meals here.

Additional measures

Additional measures aim to reduce the social exclusion of persons and to promote their autonomy in solving their social problems. These additional activities are voluntary and free of charge.

Operational Programme funding

The Operational Programme is financed with €57 595 425, including €48 956 110, or 85% of the Operational Programme, allocated to Latvia by the Fund of European Aid to the Most Deprived and €8 639 315, or 15% of the Operational Programme, financed by the State budget.

Gunta Landsmane

Head of the Unit
gunta.landsmane [at] sif.gov.lv