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Taiwan’s most caring bank
嘉惠逾三千戶 物資銀行再拓點

Material items for distribution are displayed at the Pingtung County Material Bank on Wednesday last week.

Photo: Lo Hsin-chen , Liberty Times

Completely supported by the public and without using a dime of government funding, the Pingtung County Material Bank has entered its fifth year. In order to help disadvantaged families more quickly obtain the supplies they need, the bank set up an additional hub station and nine substations on Wednesday last week, giving the bank a total of two material hubs and 15 substations. The county government emphasizes that this will make applying for and delivering materials more efficient.

A-Yu, a single mother who suffered from domestic violence, had to leave her husband’s house in a hurry, taking her newborn child with her, so she was immediately confronted with problems such as the costs of rent, milk and diapers. Luckily a social worker assisted her in applying to the Material Bank.

Pingtung County’s Material Bank was established in 2010 and, with the assistance of civil organizations like the Pingtung Joint Charities Association, the bank’s hub was set up along with six substations. Up until now, at least 3,479 households and 19,000 individuals have been helped and over NT$10 million worth of goods have been provided. The longest wait for a family to receive materials is nine months. On Wednesday last week, Pingtung County Commissioner Pan Men-an expressed his gratitude to all members of the community at an official ceremony.

In addition, from 2012, with the assistance of Chuan Lian Enterprise’s charity foundation, the county government has been pushing the “Chuan Lian material bank welfare card” special offer, which has become an important resource within the material bank. Until the end of last year, the bank helped proximately 1,200 households in the county with goods valued at NT$7 million.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Zane Kheir)





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