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Breaking bread with those in need in Greece

Saturday, July 04, 2015 - 01:11

A bakery chain in Athens gives away bread for pensioners and the destitute for as long as the banks keep their doors closed. Gavino Garay reports.

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One of Greece's biggest bakery chains is breaking bread with those in need. The Venetis chain is donating fresh-baked bread to pensioners and those struggling to make ends meet to ease the burden of the financial crisis. And they're happy to provide the service. (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) MANAGING DIRECTOR OF VENETIS BAKERY, PANAGIOTIS MONEMVASSIOTIS, SAYING: "Fifteen thousand people were given free bread in our shops in Athens. We haven't seen people standing in queues. They are coming very discreetly, they are a bit shy." With an enforced bank holiday to prevent massive cash withdrawals -- some pensioners and the unemployed are becoming destitute. Under current capital rules, Greeks can only withdraw 60 euro per day, while pensioners can take 120. (SOUNDBITE) PENSIONER, ANNA, 80, SAYING: "How do I get through the week? on nothing. Just on my low pension and I haven't even got that yet." With fears are looming over whether Greece will be forced out of the euro zone after a referendum vote on Sunday, there is at least some relief -- even if it's just one loaf at a time.

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Breaking bread with those in need in Greece

Saturday, July 04, 2015 - 01:11