TORONTO, Nov. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers (USW) Canadian National Director Ken Neumann today
announced the Steelworkers Humanity Fund is contributing $135,000 to 65
food banks in Canadian communities where USW members live and work.
"The Steelworkers Humanity Fund is making these contributions in
communities as diverse as Sparwood, B.C., Cambridge, Ont., Montreal and
St. John's, NL, because poor and vulnerable Canadians continue to rely
on food banks to make ends meet," said Neumann.
"Food banks have become a core community resource, and we need to
continue to support them", he said. "But more than that, we must start
to see the elimination of poverty as a human rights obligation that
requires positive, committed government action at all levels."
Canada's network of food banks has just released its annual report, The
Hungercount 2013, which shows that food bank use across the country is
23% higher than it was prior to the economic crisis. The Hungercount
2013 report is available at www.foodbankscanada.ca.
Hundreds of thousands of Canadians now regularly use food banks. It is
also clear from Canada's experience with programs for low-income
children and seniors, that government programs make a difference in
The United Steelworkers continues to support Dignity for All: The Campaign for a Poverty-Free Canada, which calls for a federal plan for poverty elimination that complements
provincial and territorial plans, as well as an Anti-Poverty Act.
For a complete list of food banks receiving Steelworkers Humanity Fund
contributions, please visit www.usw.ca.
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 it also supports
Canadian communities in crisis. Steelworkers members contribute to the
fund through clauses negotiated into collective agreements. In some
cases matching contributions come from employers.
Updates on the Dignity for All campaign can be found at www.dignityforall.ca or at Canada Without Poverty / Canada Sans Pauvreté www.cwp-csp.ca or Citizens for Public Justice www.cpj.ca.
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Ken Neumann, USW National Director for Canada, 416-544-5951
Doug Olthuis, Executive Director, Steelworkers Humanity Fund, 416-544-5957, email@example.com