The Steelworkers Humanity Fund is contributing $77,500 to 46 food banks and community food centres in Western Canada.
"This has been an unprecedented year, and because of COVID people have lost their jobs and families are struggling to make ends meet to pay the bills. There is no question that food banks and community food centres will see increased demand this holiday season and Steelworkers are proud to make contributions to community organizations where our members live and work," said Stephen Hunt, United Steelworkers (USW) Director for Western Canada.
"Food banks count on community partners to host holiday events with food drives to prepare for the busy holiday season, but many events are going virtual or being cancelled altogether due to pandemic restrictions. With donations expected to be down during the holidays that are fast approaching, it is more important than ever to support those in need," added Hunt.
The food banks and community food centres in Western Canada receiving 2020 contributions from the Steelworkers Humanity Fund are:
100-Mile House Food Bank Society – 100-Mile House, B.C.
Calgary Interfaith Food Bank – Calgary, Alta.
Campbell River Food Bank – Campbell River, B.C.
Columbia Valley Food Bank – Invermere, B.C.
Community Harvest Food Bank – Castlegar, B.C.
Comox Valley Food Bank – Comox/Courtenay, B.C.
Cowichan Valley Basket Society – Duncan, B.C.
Cranbrook Food Bank – Cranbrook, B.C.
Crowsnest Pass Food Bank Society (Blairmore) – Crownest Pass, Alta.
Edmonton Gleaners Association – Edmonton, Alta.
Elkford Food Bank (Elkford Women's Task Force Society) – Elkford, B.C.
Golden Food Bank – Golden, B.C.
Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society – Vancouver, B.C.
High Level Native Friendship Centre – High Level, Alta.
Kamloops Food Bank and Outreach Society – Kamloops, B.C.
Kimberley Helping Hands Food Bank – Kimberley, B.C.
Lac du Bonnet and Area Food Bank – Lac du Bonnet, Man.
Ladysmith Food Bank – Ladysmith, B.C.
Lord's Bounty Inc. – Flin Flon, Man.
Moose Jaw & District Food Bank – Moose Jaw, Sask.
Nanaimo Loaves and Fishes – Nanaimo, B.C.
New Life Assembly – Tumbler Ridge, B.C.
Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs - Armstrong Food Bank – Armstrong, B.C.
Port Hardy Harvest Food Bank – Port Hardy, B.C.
Powell River Action Centre Society – Powell River, B.C.
Prince Albert Food Bank Inc. – Prince Albert, Alta.
Regina and District Food Bank Inc. – Regina, Sask.
Salvation Army (Fernie) – Fernie, B.C.
Salvation Army – Houston, B.C.
Salvation Army (Langley) – Langley, B.C.
Salvation Army (Port Alberni) – Port Alberni, B.C.
Salvation Army Food Bank – Thompson Corps – Thompson, Man.
Salvation Army Food Bank – Tisdale – Tisdale, Sask.
Salvation Army Food Bank (Trail Corps) – Trail, B.C.
Salvation Army Weyburn Corps. – Weyburn, Sask.
Salvation Army Williams Lake – Williams Lake, B.C.
Samaritan House Ministries – Brandon, Man.
Saskatoon Food Bank – Saskatoon, Sask.
Selkirk Food Bank – Selkirk, Man.
Sparwood Food Bank – Sparwood, B.C.
St Vincent de Paul Food Bank – Prince George, B.C.
Surrey Food Bank Society – Surrey, B.C.
Terrace Churches Food Bank – Terrace, B.C.
Trail United Church Food Bank – Trail, B.C.
Union Protein Project – Burnaby, B.C.
Winnipeg Harvest Inc. – Winnipeg, Man.
Founded in 1985, the Steelworkers Humanity Fund is a registered charitable organization that focuses primarily on development projects and emergency aid in developing countries but also supports Canadian communities in crisis. USW members contribute to the fund through clauses negotiated into collective agreements. In some cases, employers make matching contributions to the fund.
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