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Da Nang: Smart ‘Rice ATM’ launched to support poor people amid Covid-19 outbreak

A smart ‘Rice ATM’ was put into operation in Da Nang City on August 18 as a joint effort from the Da Nang City Red Cross Society, the VBPO Joint Stock Company and other benefactors to distribute free rice to local disadvantaged people whose lives are being affected by the Covid-19 epidemic.

The project also aims to assist Da Nang City’s local authorities to fulfil the target of having no underprivileged households in the city lacking food during social distancing period due to Covid-19.

Da Nang city, Smart Rice ATM, support poor people, Covid-19 outbreak, social distancing period, recipient's data

Smart ‘Rice ATM’ launched to support poor people amid Covid-19 outbreak.

The new ‘rice ATM’ is installed with smart technologies including digitising the recipient's data, making a phone call to the recipient to notify them about the times they may receive rice, and recognising the recipient's faces.

Accordingly, the Da Nang City Red Cross Society has made a list of poor households in the city with their necessary information, which will be sent to their residential areas’ authorities for verification.

The recipients’ information will then be updated on the rice ATM’s system to make a phone call to book an appointment with them.

The recipients have also been instructed to confirm their appointment or changes the time for receiving rice using the numeric keys on their phone. People don't need to have smartphones to use the function.

These smart features will help the recipients save time to receive rice, practice social distancing, ensure fairness and equality regarding the quantity of rice being distributed to each person.

According to Chairwoman of Da Nang City Red Cross Society Le Thi Nhu Hong, the rice dispenser will provide approximately 3,000 people with 20 tonnes of rice, values at around VND300 million.

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Source: NDO

Da Nang city, Smart Rice ATM, support poor people, Covid-19 outbreak, social distancing period, recipient's data
 
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