TORONTO, ON –/COMMUNITYWIRE/– The Steelworkers Humanity Fund is contributing $247,250 to 124 food banks and community organizations across Canada in 2023.
Economic challenges persist for many Canadians, particularly among marginalized and economically disadvantaged segments of the population. Canadians are grappling with rising living costs, including housing, health care and education expenses. A notable consequence of these challenges is the increasing reliance on food banks across the country.
“The soaring demand food banks are seeing reflects the harsh realities and challenges individuals and families face in meeting their financial needs,” said Marty Warren, President of the Steelworkers Humanity Fund.
“Addressing the root causes of poverty, enhancing social safety nets, and implementing targeted economic policies are crucial steps to alleviate the economic hardships faced by many Canadians, fostering a more inclusive and resilient society,” Warren added. “In this context, The Steelworkers Humanity Fund plays a crucial role as a solidarity tool for the United Steelworkers, working for greater social justice.”
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 also supports Canadian communities. USW members contribute to the fund through clauses negotiated into collective agreements. In some cases, employers make matching contributions to the fund.
View the list of food banks receiving contributions in 2023 from the Steelworkers Humanity Fund here.
Marty Warren, President, Steelworkers Humanity Fund, 416-544-5951
Guillaume Charbonneau, Executive Director, Steelworkers Humanity Fund, 416-544-5944, email@example.com
Shannon Devine, USW Communications, 416-938-4402, firstname.lastname@example.org