Le Café Goes Green With Help From Brown

US$85,300 grant from UPS provides sustainable upgrades to facilities and equipment

MONTREAL, Nov. 22, 2011 /CNW/ - Today, Federation CJA received a US$85,300 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE: UPS), for their local soup kitchen, Le Café, which is located in the heart of Montreal.  This is the largest grant awarded by The UPS Foundation to the Montreal community.

The grant will provide much needed sustainable upgrades to the facility urgently needed to meet the growing demand. Federation CJA plans to implement infrastructure for an automated dishwashing station, which will enable the use of reusable materials rather than the current disposable items. All disposables throughout the cafeteria and kitchen will be replaced with durable, but still lightweight, alternatives. Federation CJA's Green Committee will be involved in all aspects of the planning, development and implementation.

Le Café was established in 2009 to address the needs of people most affected by the global economic crisis. The food bank provides hot meals to anyone in need of healthy food, friendly conversation and good company.

"UPS's extraordinary generosity is exemplary of how the corporate and non-profit sectors can partner together to ensure the betterment of community," said David Cape, President of Federation CJA. "Through UPS's outstanding commitment to Le Café, Federation CJA will be able to improve service to the thousands of people who depend on the kitchen for nutritious, hot meals annually. This one-time grant will enable the upgrade of the Cummings Centre for Seniors' kitchen and facilities and the purchase of new equipment. We are so grateful to UPS for their inspiring philanthropy."

More than 60,000 meals have been served since Le Café's inception in March of 2009. Every week, more than 400 people benefit from the services at Le Café.  Thanks to the grant, an additional 55 seats also will be added to the kitchen to enable them to help more of Montreal's residents.

"UPS has had a long-standing commitment to supporting our communities and partnering with local charities," said Nicolas Dorget, vice-president of communications, UPS Canada. "In this past year alone, our employees have contributed approximately 100 volunteer hours at Le Café. That is a tremendous achievement and we are proud to support the efforts of our employees and the needs of the Montreal community."

About Federation CJA:
Federation CJA is the driving force in a vibrant Montreal Jewish community. In partnership with a network of agencies and organizations, Federation builds and sustains this community by providing leadership and by supporting the delivery of services and programs to care for the vulnerable and those in need, to ensure a bright Jewish future, to represent and defend communal interests and to positively affect issues in the wider society.

About The UPS Foundation:
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is the world's largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain and freight services. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. UPS promotes community involvement through its ongoing volunteerism and grant programs, environmental sustainability and corporate philanthropy. In 2010, UPS's charitable contributions totalled nearly $44.6 million in global philanthropy from The UPS Foundation to non-profit agencies and UPS employees and their families contributed more than 1.2 million hours of volunteer service. The company can be found on the web at UPS.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.

Image with caption: "Nicolas Dorget, Vice President of Communications for UPS Canada presents David Cape, President of Federation CJA with a cheque in the amount of $85,300 USD for Le Café. The grant will provide much needed sustainable upgrades to the facility urgently needed to meet the growing demand. (CNW Group/UPS Canada Ltd.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111122_C8423_PHOTO_EN_7084.jpg

SOURCE UPS Canada Ltd.

For further information:

Amanda Wener Robyn Van Teunenbroek
Federation CJA   UPS Canada Public Relations
514-345-2645 ext. 3085 905-676-1708
Amanda.wener@federationcja.org mediarelations@ups.com


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