In July the 2023 solidarity card for the purchase of food is released. This is a support measure for citizens and families in a situation of economic difficulty that can count on a government allocation of 503 million euros, and provides for the issuance of a Postepay prepaid card worth 382.50 euros. What is it specifically about, how does it work and who is entitled to this bonus? The “shopping card” is a kind of new version of the social card, introduced in 2008 to offer support to disadvantaged people who, following the increase in food prices and energy bills caused by the economic crisis, they had come looking for in a state of special need. Same speech and same problems today. It is a “single” contribution (that is, it is received only once), it is not cumulative with other public subsidies and affects approximately 1.3 million families.
The bonus of 382.5 euros for purchases
The measure is part of the 500 million fund provided for by the Meloni government’s 2023 budget law for the most disadvantaged. The implementing decree that will allow eligible citizens to benefit from the “expense purchase card” was signed by the ministers of agriculture and economy. But let’s go in order, starting with the beneficiaries. The purchase card can be used by families who have an ISEE (equivalent economic situation indicator) of less than 15,000 euros and who do not enjoy other subsidies such as basic income, inclusion income or in which at least one of The members are beneficiary of a social security for employment -Naspi, monthly unemployment benefit for collaborators-, dis-coll, mobility allowance, solidarity funds for the integration of income or unemployment fund-cig. In addition, all members of the family nucleus must be registered in the resident population register.
In Palermo 20,309 solidarity cards
In detail, the support is financed taking into account not only the income of the family nucleus, but also depending on the number of inhabitants of the municipality of residence and the “distance” between the local and national average income. According to the ministry’s calculations, the city that will see the most solidarity cards in circulation is Naples with 31,307 cards, followed by Rome with 30,271. Third is Palermo with 20,309 cards, followed by Milan with 15,000, Catania with 12,000 and Turin with 9,000. There is a procedure with a precise time. The municipalities have now closed the lists of beneficiaries, taking into account the various parameters and cards available in their territory. On Thursday, July 6, the INPS will send the final lists to Poste Italiane for the issuance of solidarity cards. And on July 10, the social security institution will distribute the identification numbers of the cards to the municipalities so that they can be communicated to the beneficiaries.
The letter, collection and activation of the purchase card of 382.50 euros
Therefore, it is up to each municipality to communicate to the beneficiaries, by letter, the instructions to collect the food paper at the post office counters. The holder must bring with him the letter containing the tax code combined with the assigned Postepay code. At the time of collection at the Post Office counter, the card will already be loaded with the total amount of 382.50 euros, the same for all beneficiaries. However, to avoid the contribution being deactivated, it will be necessary to make at least one purchase before September 15, 2023.
What can you buy with the purchase card?
Beneficiaries may use the solidarity card in all shops selling food products. Therefore, it will not be possible to spend the amount on clothes or other stores. The list of purchasable goods also excludes alcoholic beverages and tobacco, while it includes milk and derivatives, meat, fresh fish, eggs, oils, bakery products, pastries and cookies, rice, flour, vegetables, legumes, fruits, baby food. , yeasts. , honey, sugars, chocolate, mineral waters, wine vinegar, coffee, tea, chamomile. With the card in question, therefore, purchases can be made in all supermarkets and food stores authorized for the Mastercard circuit. Free, it works like a normal electronic payment card. The difference is that the expenses, instead of being borne by the cardholder, are paid directly by the State.