CAW donates to local Surrey and Vancouver Food Banks

    VANCOUVER, Dec. 19 /CNW/ - The CAW has donated $3,500 to the Surrey Food
Bank and $5,000 to the Vancouver Food Bank.
    In Surrey, the money will go towards the Tiny Bundles program, which is a
nearly two year program that assists mothers and their newborn babies. When a
foodbank client becomes pregnant she can apply to participate in the program,
which allows her to pick up food on a weekly basis, instead of the regular
two-week intervals. When the baby is born, the mother is given a hamper of new
baby items to give the new family the right start. The baby can stay in the
program for a year, which includes a full supply of formula or fresh eggs and
milk for nursing mothers.
    Of the 14,000 people that use the Surrey foodbank each month, 41 per cent
are children and babies, said Executive Director Marilyn Herrmann. More than
11 per cent of the foodbank clients are the working poor, who cannot feed
their families on low wage jobs, she explained.
    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.
    In addition to the $135,000 donation, which comes from the CAW Social
Justice Fund and CAW Council (the parliament of the union), 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 Murray Gore, (604)
671-9141; For information on the Tiny Bundles program, visit:

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