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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.
屏東縣政府物資銀行上週三陳列他們要發送的物資。

Photo: Lo Hsin-chen , Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者羅欣貞

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)

完全靠民間力量,沒有用到政府一毛錢的屏東縣政府物資銀行,已經邁入第五年。為讓弱勢家戶更快獲得物資,上週三再增設一個物資銀行總站及九處分站,總數達到二個物資銀行總站及十五處分站,縣府強調未來物資在申請、發送的效率都能提高。

單親媽媽阿鈺因遭丈夫家暴,帶著甫出生的孩子匆匆搬離夫家,首先要面對的就是租屋費及奶粉、尿布錢,幸好社工協助申請物資銀行。

屏東縣政府物資銀行九十九年建置完成,在屏縣慈善團體聯合協會等民間團體協助下,成立物資總站及六處分站,至今已協助至少三千四百七十九戶、一萬九千人次,物資折合現值逾一千萬元,受助戶最長領過九個月的物資;縣長潘孟安上週三在拓點儀式中感謝社會各界愛心。

此外,縣府自一○一年起,在全聯慶祥慈善事業基金會協助下,推出「全聯物資銀行─愛心福利卡」專案,也是物資銀行內很重要的資源,至去年底已協助縣內約一千二百戶家庭,金額達七百萬元。

(自由時報記者 羅欣貞)

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