RESIDENTS in their vehicles lined up Thursday morning on Beach Road in Garapan to register for Covid-19 food packages.

The CNMI Office of Grants Management & State Clearinghouse conducted the registration because of the limited number of food packages.

Each household received one ticket that will be turned in to claim the food packages scheduled to be distributed at the Garapan Fishing Base and the Koblerville Youth Center on March 6, starting at 9 a.m., OGM Administrator Epi Cabrera said.

“We asked the households to register using their latest utilities billing for proof of residency. Registered households will be given a ticket indicating that they have been registered to receive food assistance,” he added.

A household cannot claim food assistance without a ticket, Cabrera said.

There are about 2,400 food packages for distribution on Saipan. Each includes a bag of rice, one case of chicken, one box of ramen noodles and some canned goods, he added.

The food packages were funded by a U.S. Department of the Interior-Office of Insular Affairs grant in the amount of $201,400. Of this amount, $10,000 was allotted for Karidat and Empty Vessel Ministry Foundation.

Cabrera said the food packages for Tinian and Rota were distributed in January and early this month.

For Saipan, Cabrera said although his office explicitly announced that the registration would be strictly drive-thru, there were several “walk-in” residents who showed up to register.


Bryan Manabat studied criminal justice at Northern Marianas College. He covers the community, tourism, business, police and court beats.

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