Media Advisory - Steelworkers Humanity Fund: Lanark Food Bank to receive donation on Monday



    OTTAWA, Feb. 27 /CNW/ - The Steelworkers Humanity Fund, a registered
charitable organization operated by the United Steelworkers (USW), will
present a donation to the Lanark County Food Bank on Monday, March 2, at 12:30
p.m.
    The food bank is located at 5 Allan Street, Carleton Place, near Ottawa.
    Each year, the Humanity Fund contributes more than $80,000 to food banks
across Canada in communities where USW members live and work.
    "These contributions are made in hope, but also deep concern in these
difficult times," says USW National Director Ken Neumann, who is also
president of the Humanity Fund. "We hope that the contributions of USW
members, through the Humanity Fund, will help alleviate the hardship faced by
thousands of poor and vulnerable Canadians across the country."

    
    Neumann said the facts speak for themselves, namely:
    -   Every month more than 700,000 Canadians rely on food banks;
    -   Almost five million Canadians live in poverty;
    -   As the economy declines, the reliance on food banks is increasing.
    

    The USW participates in several national and community-based coalitions
advocating concrete measures to address poverty. The union also calls on
governments to immediately raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour; expand
affordable housing; build a universally-accessible child care system; and
invest in programs such as Employment Insurance and the Child Tax Benefit.
    "What is urgently required is a national poverty-reduction program that
includes a good-jobs strategy," said Neumann.

    The Steelworkers Humanity Fund is a registered charitable organization
founded by the United Steelworkers in 1985. Steelworker members contribute to
the Fund through clauses negotiated into collective agreements, which most
commonly provide for a contribution of $20 per year per union member. In a
number of important collective agreements, matching contributions have been
negotiated from employers.
    The mandate of the Steelworkers Humanity Fund is to address issues of
hunger and poverty, primarily in the developing world, through development
assistance and emergency aid.





For further information:

For further information: David Lipton (Staff Representative), (613)
260-7205, ext. 232, dlipton@usw.ca


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