In a message posted on Twitter on March 28th, 2020, Shyaka said that food donations will be distributed in all villages under the coordination of sectors and district administrators. "We will visit every home with food donations and sectors administrations will assist us to identify which families cannot afford life necessities during this period."
Disadvantaged families are usually offered support through Vision 2020 Umurenge Program (VUP), an integrated local development program to accelerate poverty eradication.
Shyaka said that people who wish to support poor families can reach out to their local leaders with their donations.
Currently, 54 people have tested positive with coronavirus in Rwanda. They are predominantly people with recent travel history.
On March 28th, 2020, President Kagame addressed the nation to address the coronavirus pandemic. He thanked Rwandans and especially medical staff for the support they have shown ever since coronavirus reached Rwanda.
President Kagame called upon Rwandans to keep observing directives from the ministry of health to prevent further spread and loss of lives. "Relevant institutions are working tirelessly to help the most vulnerable members of society."
Nyamutera Innocent, Gitega sector executive secretary said that people who relied on daily income to support their families need help during the lockdown. Food donations have already reached some sectors and local administration will supervise how they are allocated. Donated food include beans, rice, maize flour, porridge flour, macaroni,