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Taiwan's charity groups to collect 50 tons of food for the needy

Taiwan's charity groups to collect 50 tons of food for the needy

Taipei, Oct. 15 (CNA) Joining the celebration of this year's World Food Day on Oct. 16, a group of Taiwanese charity organizations have decided to collect food donations for underprivileged people, setting a goal of 50 tons within 50 days, according to the Taipei-based Carrefour Cultural and Educational Foundation. The charity campaign, called "555 Food Collection Challenge," has been jointly launched by scores of local philanthropic groups, including the Chinese Christian Relief Association, the Taichung Chapter of the Red Cross of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Social Welfare and Philanthropic Association of Kaohsiung City (SWPACK), the Carrefour foundation said. All of the donated food will be distributed to 25 food banks across the nation operated by the Chinese Christian Relief Association, the Taichung Chapter of the Red Cross Society of Taiwan and the SWPACK. The Carrefour foundation has also launched an online campaign to encourage the general public to donate food. The foundation will donate NT$5 million (US$153,699) to the food banks if the number of videos showing donations of food by the general public and posted on Facebook or Instagram reaches 500,000 during the period between Oct. 16 and Dec. 8, it added. According to a report by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, it is estimated that over 1.66 million people in Taiwan still live under the poverty line based on the criteria set by the developed nations. (By Hsu Chih-wei and Lauren Hung)


Updated : 2021-09-26 09:21 GMT+08:00