Taipei, April 11 (CNA) A local women's welfare organization urged the public to donate food items to financially disadvantaged women Wednesday, amid concerns that rising commodity prices are having a negative effect on their lives.
Speaking at a press conference to promote an ongoing food donation drive and fundraising campaign, the Garden of Hope Foundation urgedpeople to give food items, such as rice, soy sauce, noodles, canned goods and cooking oils, as well as cash donations.
Chi Hui-jung, CEO of the foundation, said that the foundation's 20 sanctuaries need supplies and cash to help improve the lives of socially disadvantaged women and assist them in re-entering society.
Curves, a women's fitness company that supports the foundation's work, is particpating in the fundraising event for the third straight year because rising commodity prices are having a direct impact on the economic livelihoods of socially disadvantaged women and their children.
Over the last two years, Curves has helped raise over 20,000 kilograms in food donations and over NT$300,000 (US$10,155) in cash.
This year, the company aims to donate 20,000 kg of food supplies and at least NT$500,000 in cash to the foundation, which offers care to approximately 20,000 abused women annually.
The donation drive and fundraising campaign started April 1 and runs until April 29. Members of the public can drop off donations at any of Curves' 38 branches in Taiwan.
(By Lin Szu-yu and C.J. Lin)