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Tarjeta Uruguay Social (ex-Tarjeta Alimentaria) Social Uruguay Card (former Food Card)(2006-)



Date: 2006-
Web: Official website of the programme
Description: Its main objective is to enable the most disadvantaged to access to the products of the basic basket, so that they purchase food and other products to satisfy their basic needs according to their household`s features. After the PANES emergency programme was terminated, the Food Card programme has become part of the Equity Plan. Since June 2009, its coverage has been extended because there are new beneficiaries that used to receive the Social Risk basket of INDA. Since 2012, trans peope (transsexuals, transvestites or transgender) were incorporated to the programme without exception.


Target population: Families in extreme poverty and trans persons (transsexual, transvestite and transgender)
Geographic scale: National
Targeting method: 1) Proxy means test: Families in extreme poverty according to the Critical Deficiency Index (ICC).
2) Categorical: Households whose situation of extreme poverty is verified by members of the technical team of the Monitoring Unit of the Ministry of Social Development (MIDES). It also includes trans people and homeless people.
Instrument of selection: Critical Deficiency Index (ICC), which is calculated from the information of the program entry form, which is in the Integrated Social Information System (SIIAS)
Registry of recipients: Administrative records of the Social Uruguay Card program, incorporated in the Integrated Social Information System (SIIAS)
Exit strategies or criteria: Households exit the program either because of an improvement in the household situation that is observed in a new visit and a new ICC that does not reach the establish threshold, or because the household voluntarily exits the program. On the other hand, if the card is not used for more than four months, the benefit is suspended until there is a claim by the beneficiary.


Legal framework: Law 18227
Responsible organization(s): Ministry of Social Development
Executing organization(s): Ministry of Social Development
Responsible organization(s) for the registry of recipients: Ministry of Social Development
Source of funding: Government of Uruguay

1) Tarjeta Uruguay Social

Recipient(s): Intended for households in extreme poverty and those households beneficiaries of PANES that had members under 18 or pregnant women. Also directed to transsexuals, transvestites and transgender persons.
Mode of transfer: Transfer according to family composition (number of children under 18 and / or pregnant women)
Mode of delivery: Magnetic card
Periodicity of delivery: Monthly
Recipient of the transfer: Mother
Conditionalities: Feeding: The card is allowed only to buy food, toiletries and cleaning products.
Sanctions: The commercialization of explicitly prohibited items (tobacco, cigarettes, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks) will determine temporary or permanent suspension of the card holder and the trade involved.
Comments: The purchasing limit of each card must meet certain requirements, such as 10 liters of milk, up to 25% purchase in cleaning supplies and personal hygiene and 75% minimum for food.


2) Iron-Fortified Milk (Leche Más Fortificada con Hierro)

Recipient(s): Households with children between 0 and 3 years old and/or pregnant women.
Mode of transfer: Delivery of fortified powdered milk with iron (Leche Más)
Mode of delivery: Magnetic card
Periodicity of delivery: Monthly
Amount : The value of a kilogramme of fortified milk is added to the monthly amount of the Tarjeta Uruguay Social, for each children or pregnant woman in the household.


Informe Tarjeta Uruguay Social, componente Alimentario

Author: Ministry of Social Development (MIDES)
Date: 2012
Publication info: online
Link: See Webpage
Topic: Report



Author: MIDES
Date: 2009
Publication info: [online]
Link: See Webpage
Topic: Report




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