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4 convenience store chains join effort to help high risk families

2012/09/18 22:32:29

Taipei, Sept. 18 (CNA) Nearly 2,000 stores of four major convenience store chains in Taiwan have joined a program to help identify and provide help to high risk families, especially disadvantaged children, the New Taipei City government said Tuesday.

The Department of Education in Taiwan's biggest city said a total of 1,970 convenience stores, including 7-ELEVEN, FamilyMart, Hi-Life and OK Mart, in the city joined in a network to help minimize social problems.

Under the program, staff of convenience stores, who are often good at observing customers, will help report emergency incidents such as domestic violence and parental alcohol abuse to police or the department, according to New Taipei City Deputy Mayor Hou You-yi.

Meanwhile, the four major convenience store chains also joined in a breakfast providers networks, which allow students to redeem breakfast with meal vouchers, the department said.

(By Claudia Liu and Hanna Liu)