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Factsheet for measure PT-2023-20/3199 – measures in Portugal

Subsidy for food support

Subsídio de caráter eventual para apoio alimentar

Country Portugal , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 15 May 2023 – 16 July 2023
Context War in Ukraine
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery into a green future
– Support for other basic items (e.g., food, housing, public transport, medicines)
Author Heloísa Perista (CESIS)
Measure added 05 June 2023 (updated 25 April 2024)

Background information

In response to high inflation and increased costs of living, Order 45-A/2023 of 10 February was created to provide financial support to vulnerable people and families, specifically those who are beneficiaries of the Operational Programme of Support to Most Deprived Persons (POAPMC). This subsidy is provided for a period of two months.

Due to the challenges imposed by the war in Ukraine on supply chains, the availability of certain food products is inconsistent and unpredictable. Given these challenges, it is important that families have the means to purchase food when it is available.

Order 133/2023 of 15 May aims to improve living conditions of people and families in vulnerable situations by providing a subsidy to final recipients of POAPMC for a period of two months.

Content of measure

Order 133/2023 attempts to compensate the increased cost of living due to high inflation by providing a subsidy to struggling individuals and families. In order to be eligible for this subsidy, economic need or loss of income must be demonstrated. This subsidy is intended to be used to purchase essential food products. The subsidy is temporary.

Each member of a household will receive €30 per month. The subsidy will be provided for a maximum of two months. Funds for this subsidy are provided by the POAPMC.

Social Security services determines who is eligible for this financial support according to their own measures of need.

Use of measure

No information on the use of measure is available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses People on low incomes

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement as case not in social partner domain No involvement as case not in social partner domain
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


Social partners were not involved in this measure.

Views and reactions

No reactions from the social partners are known.



Eurofound (2023), Subsidy for food support , measure PT-2023-20/3199 (measures in Portugal), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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