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55.8% of disadvantaged children do not have 3 meals a day in summer

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Some 55.8 percent of economically disadvantaged children do not have three stable meals a day during the summer, according to a report conducted by the Child Welfare League Foundation (CWLF).

The CWLF's Living Status of Disadvantaged Children Investigation report also showed that 62.5 percent of economically disadvantaged children eat instant noodles and canned food rather than proper meals every day.

The report showed that 77.2 percent of economically disadvantaged children help with chores around the house, 60.1 percent need to take care of the elderly or younger siblings and 44.4 percent are responsible for cooking the family's meals.

Chang Ya-li (張雅琍), chairperson of the CJW International CO., LTD., yesterday donated NT$8 million to the "Holiday Funded Nutrition Program" established by the CWLF.

Chen Li-ru (陳麗如), the CEO of CWLF, said that the Holiday Funded Nutrition Program has helped over 7,000 disadvantaged children since its establishment in 2010.

Chen said that Chang went to the CWLF voluntarily and donated NT$8 million from her own pocket, adding that Chang's donation is the biggest they have ever received and will help a lot of economically disadvantaged children.

Since the Holiday Funded Nutrition Program kicked off on July 4, it has also received numerous donations and other aid from people, Chen said.

Chang said in a press conference that summer is supposed to be a holiday filled with happy memories, and that it was hard for her to know that there are children in Taiwan who cannot afford having stable meals.

"I am just an ordinary person who loves Taiwan. I hope society will give more love and care with less judgment and indifference; more tolerance and acceptance with less disputes and conflicts," Chang said. She said she hopes her donation will be able to reach economically disadvantaged children throughout Taiwan.

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