By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
A year-end free luncheon took place in the public plaza in front of the Presidential Office on Sunday ahead of the Chinese New Year, serving a menu of dishes Taiwanese typically associate with family get-togethers to more than 23,000 socially disadvantaged people.
The annual feast was first organized in 1996 by the Genesis Social Welfare Foundation and its two sister groups, the Jen’an and Huashan foundations..
After having invited low- and middle- income households, homeless people, people over 65 years old living alone, single mothers and high-risk households, the social welfare groups treated a total of some 40,000 people to a free luncheon around the country Sunday.
President Ma Ying-jeou and Vice President Wu Den-yih attended the Taipei charity luncheon to show their concern for the underprivileged.