Natia Babunashvili lives with two children in the Kojori refugee settlement.Her family lives below the poverty line – she makes just 400 GEL per month
Half of this amount is social assistance, the second half is money she received to ‘reintegrate [her] biological children back into the family.’
Natia says that the received social assistance for food is only enough for ten days.
The remaining twenty days she uses the services of the soup kitchen.
This is the ninth year she has been receiving food from the Kojori soup kitchen – she knows the local menu wells.
She says that often the food is so unsuitable that the children basically do not eat anything except bread.
What is the daily menu like
The daily menu of free canteens consists of one main and a side.
The main course is usually soup.
The menu also contains fruit or fruit compote.
The calorie content of daily meals of free eateries ranges from 1090 to 1200 cal. There are more carbohydrates than proteins in most of the daily meals.
For example, Monday’s lunch contains 1090 calories. 186.73 grams of carbs, with 25.15 grams of fats.
The National Health Service of the UK writes that the daily normal caloric intake of an adult man is 2500 calories, and that of a woman is 2000.
The daily allowance of the beneficiaries of the canteen is almost two times less.
The UK National Health Service also writes that carbohydrates should be one third of the entire ration, but on the menu in canteens, carbs make up the majority of calories.
The photo shows a one-day portion of food for three people. To this is added 250 gr. bread (half a loaf) for each beneficiary, whose caloric content is equal to 550.
Nona has three children, and is also extremely poor.
Nona got onto the soup kitchen list three years ago.
She says that she takes only bread from the soup kitchen, since the rest of the food neither the children nor she herself can eat.
"We need to go miles to bring home watery food that needs to be cooked again ... Better let them give us money and we will prepare our own lunch," says Nona.