Food Assistance Program


The Food Assistance Program is a targeted conditional cash transfer program implemented under the Social Protection Act (2/2014), providing financial support to vulnerable people to purchase staple foods. The financial assistance provided under this program is specifically to purchase Rice, Flour and Sugar

Benefit Amount

Eligible beneficiaries are paid a monthly allowance of MVR 40 per person and a maximum of MVR 240 per household.

Applying for the Allowance

  • To apply, fill the Food Assistance Program Application Form and submit the form along with the required documents to NSPA
  • Application forms are available at NSPA’s counters and from island/atoll Councils. It can also be downloaded via NSPAs website.
  • Where to submit the form:
    • To NSPA Front Office (Ma. Dhonveli), during weekdays 8:00am to 2:00pm
    • To NSPA Dispatch Counter at IGMH, service hours: 8:00am to 9:00pm, 7 days a week
    • To Island Councils
    • Email to
    • Viber message to 7291402
Once a completed application is received to NSPA, a decision will be informed to the applicant via SMS within 15 working days of submission of application form.
  1. Copy of National Identity Card of all members of applicant’s household
  2. Copy of the household’s Electricity bill for past 2 months
  3. Copy of school attendance for most recent semester (for school-aged children)
  4. Official document issued within the past 3 months stating the child is registered with a School (for school-aged children)
  5. Copy of the Vaccination card (if child is below 6 years of age)
  6. Applicant’s bank account statement for the past 3 months (account holder name and number should be printed clearly).
  7. If the applicant is renting a place, copy of the rental agreement specifying the rental amount.
  8. Letters of employment for all household members who are employed
  1. Applicant must be a Maldivian citizen
  2. Applicant’s Monthly income must be below the poverty/income cutoff set by NSPA
If the application form is incomplete, a notification is given to complete the form within 1 month. All incomplete forms will be cancelled after 1 month. A new application can be submitted again to request for the allowance.
Once application forms are received to NSPA, an SMS confirming receipt of application will be sent to the Applicant’s mobile number with the form reference/entry number
Applicants who are Approved for the Program will receive the allowance from the month of Approval. Payments will be deposited to the bank account specified in the Applicant form before the 10th of every month
  1. Change in the number of household members
  2. Beneficiary violates any of the criteria for continuation of Allowance
For additional information please contact 3005353 or 1402.