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 Hunger  Taiwan Project #32708

End Hunger - Build a Hunger-free Network

by The Mustard Seed Mission
End Hunger - Build a Hunger-free Network
End Hunger - Build a Hunger-free Network
End Hunger - Build a Hunger-free Network
End Hunger - Build a Hunger-free Network
End Hunger - Build a Hunger-free Network
End Hunger - Build a Hunger-free Network
End Hunger - Build a Hunger-free Network
End Hunger - Build a Hunger-free Network
End Hunger - Build a Hunger-free Network
End Hunger - Build a Hunger-free Network
End Hunger - Build a Hunger-free Network
End Hunger - Build a Hunger-free Network

Chicken drumstick is Leah's favorite food. But she always saved it for her mother whenever the it is on the school lunch menu. " I would like to save my favorite food for mom." says Leah.

Leah is from a single parent family. Her father passed away the year before due to myocardial infarction. Leah and her mother were then kicked out of their home by relatives. Leah felt helpless by the bullying her mother received from relatives. She is mature to her age and a very sensible and understanding child to her mother. She wants to grow up fast and protect her mother. Her mother takes several jobs to support both of them, mostly temp and low-paid jobs as she lacks the necessary education and working experiences. When she finally landed a cleaning job, she was then being laid off due to an employment disputes arisen out of an occupational accident. While she took the time to recover, she also lost her job which put the family finance situation in difficulty. Leah is able to get a meal a day in school but she always saves the main course to her mother.

What a child she is; luckily the social workers at the MSM local community service center immediately helped them! With the supplies from the Food Bank, and the the subsidy to relieve their money problem! Although poor, Leah is neither depressed nor disappointed by their family situation. Instead she often cheers her mother by saying, "It's ok! I will study hard, work hard and give you the best life in the future." 

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Food bank fridge is a great help to the needy
Food bank fridge is a great help to the needy

Here's the 2019 Result Report from the field:

Beneficiaries 
Vulnerable families and people in need in the communities that need daily food.

Project focuses on… 
1. Setting community foodbanks: providing assistance in setting community food banks and helping in recruiting resources in the communities for the community foodbanks. 
2. Building a hunger-free network: connecting each community foodbank to one another and make it a whole sharing network. Distributing donated food and supplies to people in need in an efficient and sufficient way. 
3. Decreasing the shipping time: with the purchase of trucks, we can carry more donated food and supplies to more people in need in more areas.
 
2019 Results 

 
In 2019,
  • 353 community foodbanks are set all over Taiwan.
  • 9,982 beneficiaries, and the service is provided 160,676 person-times.
  • a total of 16,6905.2 kg of supplies were received through the network, including: 
  1. Dry food: rice, noodles, flour, oil, soy sauce, canned food, etc. 
  2. Fresh food: vegetables, fruits, seafood, meat, steamed buns, flavored milk, yogurt, etc. 
  3. Household supplies: body Wash, shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc.
An average of 1 kg of supplies is received by per person.
Supplies are shipped by foodbank volunteers to families in need in the communities.

Thank you again for all you have done to help this cause.
With gratitude,

The Mustard Seed Mission

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The Mustard Seed Mission
Website: http://www.mustard.org.tw/locale/en
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mustard.tw/
Donation Information: https://www.mustard.org.tw/locale/en/tab/898
E-Newsletter: https://goo.gl/e8EUBo
MSM - the 1st registered Social Welfare Organization in Taiwan -  https://youtu.be/qyTAv0L5Sz0
 
 
MSM staff moving donation from the donor's van
MSM staff moving donation from the donor's van

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A Community Fridge is a refrigerator located in a public space. It enables food to be shared within a community, anyone can put food in and anyone can take food out. The main aim of Community Fridges is to reduce food waste. They also enable people facing hardship to have easy access to fresh, nutritious food. Community Fridges are normally social spaces that enable people to connect to their communities.

In 1958, to solve the poverty issue after World War II, the Mustard Seed Mission distributed clothing, rice, flour and other materials throughout Taiwan, and set up 15 milk stations in the western coastal areas; today, Taiwan's food is no longer deficient, but the problem of "food surpluses" has caused problems of environment, economic, and uneven food distribution. Besides, in Taiwan, the weight of foods with an ugly appearance have been throw away is as high as 36,000 metric tons.

From Surpluses to Balance

In 2017, the Mustard Seed Mission promote the concept of "no waste of food, creating a network of no-hunger communities" and set up community foodbanks throughout Taiwan. So far, there are more than 100 community foodbanks all over Taiwan. In early 2019, the Mustard Seed Mission began to launch "Love. Sharing Refrigerator" project and started to encourage community people to share foods, such as instant items, bread, and frozen food, etc. to those in need. The way can also avoid resource misplacement and food waste. Those who are in need can take these shared foods for free. It is not only to reduce the waste of resources, but also to respect for food producers. Moreover, it is one of the methods to sustain our environment.

Balance the Food Demand and Supply by Community Fridges

According to a survey, about 650,000 people in Taiwan cannot afford three meals a day. Even in Taipei and New Taipei city, mid/low-income households are nearly 30% of Taiwan's population. Thus, the Mustard Seed Mission set up community fridges with "Common Good Partners" of the Mustard Seed Network. There will be a total of 10 fridges will be set in different communities. In the future, it will be further extended to more service bases in Taiwan. Inviting you to walk with us to make it happen with action and promoting the sharing, cooperating, and common good community life together in Taiwan.

 

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Residents in the neighborhood making donation
Residents in the neighborhood making donation

Reduce Food Wastage by Sharing Food

The standard of living in Taiwan has increased throughout the years and it seems that precious resources are being wasted unconsciously. Food wastage is a very relevant issue that needs to be addressed, yet it is commonly neglected. The Mustard Seed Mission will continue the spirit of food banks through “Zero food wastage! Establish a network of hunger-free community.” After the relocation of the Southern Service Centre (which is also the transfer station for food banks), multiple community refrigerators have been installed and they have been serving the local communities since 20th May 2019. Other than supporting the food banks in Kaohsiung and Pingtung, these community refrigerators also aim to promote social cohesion as the locals start to look out for the social well-being of one another. This movement will also increase their awareness on conserving the environment as they strive to reduce food wastage as a community.

Making a Difference through Sharing

“Ding dong! Ding dong!” a special delivery arrived at the centre. The package was revealed to be a box of glutinous rice dumplings which was timely since the Dragon Boat Festival was near. The anonymous donor’s only hope was to share this love with the community and to warm the hearts of needy family during this festive season. Various corporate companies have also been very generous in their donations, which included foods such as golden kiwi fruits, onion pancakes and white rice. The community refrigerator has never seen to be empty. We have been blessed to witness the contented faces of the beneficiaries, which includes the church as well as children from more challenging backgrounds. Just a simple “Thank you, aunty!” have made all the hard work worthwhile. Donating food seems may not seem much but it has warmed the hearts and bellies of many.

Sharing is Caring

The Mustard Seed Mission is thankful and grateful towards the very generous donations from various enterprises and members of the community, which have benefited the communities in Kaohsiung and Pingtung. We look forward to more initiatives from the community as we believe that it is important to not waste the unfinished food at home, such as food near expiry, bread as well as frozen items. We hope that more families will be able to kindly share these with those in need through donations in the community refrigerators. At the end of the day, a small donation as such will be able to feed many others. Through these donations, we will be able to be more responsible towards the food producers and will be able to do a part in conserving the environment.

In continuation of the spirit of food banks through “Zero food wastage! Establish a network of hunger-free community”, The Mustard Seed Mission will be installing 10+ community refrigerators. And we hope to instill the good value of sharing in the community.  Let’s cherish the food we have to help conserve our environment!

Build a Hunger-free Network with Us!

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Our Projects:

*Challenge Camp - Help community underprivileged children in Taiwan are able to have the chance to see and learn more!

*Sprout Up Project - Help Vulnerable Children’s Life Have Bright Future.

*Diversified Learning Project for Children- Help Children in Agape Children’s Home and Mustard Seed Youth Home are able to explore more through learning.

*End Hunger  - Build a Food Bank Distribution Center - Sharing food to community needy people and families!  

*Fly High! Empower Disadvantaged children in Taiwan

*Indonesia Tsunami Post-Disaster Recover Project

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 The Mustard Seed Mission

Website: http://www.mustard.org.tw/locale/en
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mustard.tw/
Donation Information: https://www.mustard.org.tw/locale/en/tab/898
E-Newsletter: https://goo.gl/e8EUBo
MSM - the 1st registered Social Welfare Organization in Taiwan -  https://youtu.be/qyTAv0L5Sz0

 

Collecting food from community refrigerator
Collecting food from community refrigerator
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Children eat bread happily
Children eat bread happily

Membership Rewards can be a Huge Help!

A pin a day is great a year. Donate one's membership rewards points, it would become a great amount if everyone does the same! The Mustard Seed Mission started the community food bank project and invites everyone to join! Great gratitude to 12 branches of the Family Mart in Taichung, Taiwan, they promoted the event of “Donate Points to Help Others”, from March 2019, with the kindness of the costumers, they sent breads, tissues, and all kinds of daily supplies to those in need.

According to the statistic from Environmental Protection Administration, there are 2,750,000 tons of food waste in Taiwan every year, that means, in average each one of us has wasted 120 kilograms of food each year. These foods would be enough for all the low income families in Taiwan to eat for 20 years. The Mustard Seed Mission now runs 200 community food banks and distribution depots in Taiwan. Through the donation of corporations, stores, and the public, we can decrease food waste and bring new life to them!

 Family Mart along with the kindness of the public

Since March, Family Mart Taichung branches are willing to promote the points giving event one after the other. The stores help collect the points that was donated by the public and redeem daily necessities for the vulnerable. Among those supplies, including fresh bread (till now over 3000 breads are donated), tissues, drinks, and water…etc., all will be delivered in the 61 appointed places of the Mustard Seed Mission in central Taiwan.

Among those kind-hearted Family Mart Taichung branches, there are 10 branches in the Nantun District, and 2 branches in the Xitun District. The Mustard Seed Mission thanks all the stores that are involved in this public welfare activity. Together, we can help the underprivileged families, and make their lives better.

In Taiwan, there are 1.6 million populations a year suffering from hunger! Yet, more than hundred tons of food are thrown away. The Mustard Seed Mission see the need and establish community food banks to receive donated food and offer service in the communities!

                      Build a Hunger-free Network with Us!

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Our Projects:

*Challenge Camp http://bit.ly/2NKscIM - Help community underprivileged children in Taiwan are able to have the chance to see and learn more!

*Sprout Up Project http://bit.ly/2NJk0bV - Help Vulnerable Children’s Life Have Bright Future.

*Diversified Learning Project for Children http://bit.ly/2NJoPC7 - Help Children in Agape Children’s Home and Mustard Seed Youth Home are able to explore more through learning.

*End Hunger http://bit.ly/2NM41Kj - Build a Food Bank Distribution Center - Sharing food to community needy people and families!    

*Indonesia Tsunami Post-Disaster Recover Project http://bit.ly/2RAApke

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 The Mustard Seed Mission

Website: http://www.mustard.org.tw/locale/en
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mustard.tw/
Donation Information: https://www.mustard.org.tw/locale/en/tab/898
E-Newsletter: https://goo.gl/e8EUBo
MSM - the 1st registered Social Welfare Organization in Taiwan -  https://youtu.be/qyTAv0L5Sz0 
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The Mustard Seed Mission

Location: New Taipei City, Taiwan - Taiwan
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Mustard Seed Mission Taiwan
New Taipei City, Taiwan

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