CAW Donates to 44 Food Banks Across Canada

    TORONTO, Dec. 19 /CNW/ - The CAW is contributing $135,000 to food banks
from Newfoundland to British Columbia, as part of an annual holiday donation.
    CAW President Buzz Hargrove said the union provides this important
support to food banks and is determined to help those in need as part of its
ongoing commitment to the concept of social unionism.
    "In a country where so much wealth is being created each day we must
remember that many people and many families are not sharing in that
prosperity. It's not acceptable that some are being left behind. No one should
go hungry in this country during the holiday season or at any other time,"
Hargrove said.
    Hunger Count 2007, a national survey of foodbanks by the Canadian
Association of Food Banks, took a snapshot of hunger issues affecting each
province and territory. While the survey found differences for each area it
also found some common threads - "inadequate minimum wage and social
assistance rates, followed closely by high rents, are among the primary
reasons for the sustained demand for emergency food assistance."
    To find out more visit HungerCount 2007.
    In addition to the $135,000 donation, which comes from the CAW Social
Justice Fund and CAW Council, many CAW local unions do a lot of community work
and provide additional financial assistance to local food banks.

For further information:

For further information: CAW national representative John McClyment:
(cell) (416) 315-3202

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