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影音 USTC360 No37 Food Pantry in Cedar Grove

USTC360 No37 Food Pantry in Cedar Grove

慈濟基金會美國總會 » 1pm - March 20, 2012

Ginger: Welcome to US Tzu Chi 360. I'm Ginger Chang. Our feature today brings us to New Jersey, where Tzu Chi volunteers have been holding the Food Pantry program in cooperation with the New Jersey Food Bank. For the past one and a half years, Tzu Chi's Food pantry program has been providing low-income families with their nutritional needs. We are fortunate to have Sam Chou, who has been one of the key players in the food assistance program since the very beginning. Welcome Mr. Chou; so can you tell us how you got involved?
Sam: The mayor of Cedar Grove suggested us to create something to distribute food to help local needy people before Tzu Chi New Jersey celebrated its 15th anniversary. So, Sister Debbie Chen asked us to study its possibilities. So, here we go!
Ginger: Well one of the unique aspects of the Food Pantry program is the computerized system; can you tell us a little bit more about it?
Sam: Logistics is part of the time and effort consuming aspects to run a food pantry. We know that we need to have computer system to help us to handle it and also helps us save our energy for something else. Fortunately, we do have the skills to create such a web application quickly and we are also willing to take any reasonable suggestions to make our system more user-friendly.
Ginger: Okay great, another interesting feature that sets Tzu Chi's Food pantry apart is that it only provides vegetarian food. And surprisingly, the meat-free diet has been received very well by the aid recipients.
In our next segment, Footprints, we introduce you to May Hsieh. May began to devote herself as a Tzu Chi volunteer after she lost her job after 9/11. And one task she particularly enjoys doing is cooking and serving nutritious vegetarian meals for the senior citizens in Chinatown.