Fri, Jun 03, 2005 - Page 8 News List

Food program needed

By Bill Parkhurst

No government in Taiwan's history has taken a hard look at holes in the social security net.

While it may be widely believed that all people are cared for through the traditional family system, there are many signs that this is not the case for well over half of the nation's elderly.

Unfortunately, loss of face keeps those who are suffering in silence.

Serious concerns about hunger linger in the minds of millions of Taiwan's senior citizens. Feeling helpless, these pillars of the family remain both hungry or hurt.

A food program that gives a chit or other subsidies to the elderly is long overdue. The food should be distributed through a market system, which they are used to. These markets could work with existing markets, but should only be accessible to the elderly who are in need.

These markets should contain only fresh vegetables, fruits, grains and health supplements.

The party that introduces this legislation to the Legislative Yuan is truly a party of the people.

Bill Parkhurst

Forestville, California

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