At the time of Corona pandemic when people are left without any income, Vietnam has shown a way to help those in need of food. They have set up “Rice ATMs” in important places that give out free rice to all the needy.
In Ho Chi Minh City, a 24/7 automatic dispensing machine provides free rice for those who are out of work. Most of the people are jobless after the country went into lock down because of corona pandemic.
Rice is stocked in large water tanks in Hanoi. The residents can get rice from 10 am to 5 pm every day. In Hue city, a person can get two kilograms of rice from the Rice ATM. There are proposals to set up such Rice ATMs in several other parts of the country.
Many of the poor residents who are out of job after the pandemic started said that the Rice ATM was a real solace for them.
Most of the Rice ATMs provide 1.5 kg to 2 kg of rice. People who earn daily such as street sellers and who do housekeeping jobs gets the benefit of these ATMs.
Businessman Hoang Tuan Anh is said to be behind the idea of Rice ATMs.