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Taiwan to get served with support from global food banking network

TAIPEI--Taiwan's official accession to the Global Food Banking Network will boost Taiwanese food banks and provide more international resources to help the disadvantaged and needy, experts said Sunday.

At a ceremony set to take place in Taipei the following day, the Taiwan People's Food Bank Association will be officially named as anew member of the Chicago-based non-profit organization, linking it with a network of food banks worldwide, said Philip Chen, secretary general of the association.

"In the future, Taiwan will receive support and sponsorship from food banks from other countries if needed," Chen told CNA.

The food banks donate food and other daily necessities to those in need and reduce the waste of resources.

Membership of the global organization will also help the establishment of a new platform for direct contact between Taiwan's food banks and international companies that donate food and other resources, he said.

Jeffrey Klein, president and CEO of the organization, will attend the inauguration ceremony to make the official announcement of Taiwan's accession to the network and give a speech on building a network for food safety.

Taiwan's food banks meet U.S. criteria of rigorous food safety practices and good governance, Klein told CNA after he arrived in Taipei earlier in the day.

Asked how the organization will help Taiwan's food banks, he said, "We want to help generate the resources, people, money and food so that they can increase the volumes coming into the food banks."

The organization will help Taiwanese food banks to operate efficiently, Klein added.

He will also visit officials of the Ministry of the Interior to discuss the possibility of setting up a national-level food bank system, Chen said.

Opposition Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Lin Chia-lung, who has proposed writing legislation for food banks to better help the disadvantaged while reducing wastage of food and daily necessities, urged the government to make more efforts to establish a national-level food bank system.

Lin said his proposal is set to be reviewed by a legislative committee during the current session of the Legislature.

Founded in 2006, the Global Food Banking Network develops and supports food banks in more than 20 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom.

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