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117 Food Banks Across Canada Receive $226,750 from the Steelworkers Humanity Fund

TORONTO – The Steelworkers Humanity Fund is contributing $226,750 to 117 food banks across Canada in 2020.

As the country prepares to spend a holiday season marked by COVID-19, an increasing number of Canadian families are facing food insecurity. For many Canadians, the pandemic has worsened an already difficult economic situation as it exacerbated existing inequalities, and created a number of new food bank users.

“Many Steelworkers, their families and entire communities have been affected by the pandemic. In that context, our members who are still at work know about the importance of giving back,” said Ken Neumann, President of the Steelworkers Humanity Fund. “This is why this year’s Steelworkers Humanity Fund donation to food banks and other organizations across Canada is all the more important.”

“The increasing wealth inequality brought about by this pandemic has exposed yet again how the current system is broken,” said Neumann. “The United Steelworkers will continue to show all the solidarity we can in the coming months. Looking forward, we will also continue working with others in order to rebuild a strong economy, but also an economy that is more just and fairer to all, in order to be resilient.”

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. USW members contribute to the fund through clauses negotiated into collective agreements. In some cases employers make matching contributions to the fund.

View the list of food banks receiving contributions in 2020 from the Steelworkers Humanity Fund.


For further information:

Ken Neumann, President, Steelworkers Humanity Fund, 416-544-5951
Doug Olthuis, Executive Director, Steelworkers Humanity Fund, 416-859-9953, dolthuis@usw.ca
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434 2221, bgallagher@usw.ca

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