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121 food banks across Canada receive $242,250 from the Steelworkers Humanity Fund

December 7, 2022

TORONTO – The Steelworkers Humanity Fund is contributing $242,250 to 121 food banks and community organizations across Canada.

Soaring inflation rates have left many struggling to make ends meet. Food banks all over the country are reporting increasingly high numbers of new users. Many of them have no other choice in order to feed themselves and their families.

“The use of food banks in Canada is becoming more and more common, even in this era of record low unemployment rate,” said Marty Warren, President of the Steelworkers Humanity Fund. “This new normal should not be acceptable.”

“The multiple causes behind the spiralling price of daily staples, especially food, can only be tackled with bold action in favour of social justice. This is why our union and our allies will continue to push tirelessly for decent living and working conditions for everyone,” Warren added.

“In the meantime, the Steelworkers Humanity Fund tries to address some of the most pressing needs in communities from coast to coast to coast through its annual donations to food banks and community organizations.”

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 2022 from the Steelworkers Humanity Fund here or scroll down.

Steelworkers Humanity Fund Food bank contributions – December 2022

USW District 3 (Western Canada and the Territories)
Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs – Armstrong Food BankArmstrong, B.C.
Samaritan House MinistriesBrandon, Man.
Union Protein ProjectBurnaby, B.C.
Calgary Interfaith Food BankCalgary, Alta.
Community Harvest Food BankCastlegar, B.C.
Cranbrook Food BankCranbrook, B.C.
Crowsnest Pass Food Bank Society (Blairmore)Crowsnest Pass, Alta.
Edmonton Gleaners AssocationEdmonton, Alta.
Salvation Army – FernieFernie, B.C.
Lord’s BountyFlin Flon, Man.
Golden Food BankGolden, B.C.
High Level Native Friendship CentreHigh Level, Alta.
Salvation ArmyHouston, B.C.
Columbia Valley Food BankInvermere, B.C.
Kamloops Food Bank and Outreach SocietyKamloops, B.C.
Kimberley Helping Hands Food BankKimberley, B.C.
Lac du Bonnet and Area Food BankLac du Bonnet, Man.
Salvation Army (Langley)Langley, B.C.
Moose Jaw & District Food BankMoose Jaw, Sask.
Prince Albert Food BankPrince Albert, Alta.
Salvation Army (Port Alberni)Port Alberni, B.C.
Powell River Action Centre SocietyPowell River, B.C.
St Vincent De Pauls Food BankPrince George, B.C.
Regina and District Food Bank Inc.Regina, Sask.
Saskatoon Food BankSaskatoon, Sask.
Selkirk Food BankSelkirk, Man.
Sparwood Food BankSparwood, B.C.
Surrey Food Bank SocietySurrey, B.C.
Salvation Army Food Bank – Thompson CorpsThompson, Man.
Salvation Army Food Bank – TisdaleTisdale, Sask.
Salvation Army Food Bank (Trail Corps)Trail, B.C.
Trail United Church Food BankTrail, B.C.
New Life AssemblyTumbler Ridge, B.C.
Greater Vancouver Food Bank SocietyVancouver, B.C.
Salvation Army Williams LakeWilliams Lake, B.C.
Winnipeg HarvestWinnipeg, Man.
Salvation Army Weyburn Corps.Weyburn, Sask.
Campbell River Food BankCampbell River, B.C.
Comox Valley Food BankComox/Courtenay, B.C.
Cowichan Valley Basket SocietyDuncan, B.C.
Ladysmith Food BankLadysmith, B.C.
Nanaimo Loaves and FishesNanaimo, B.C.
Port Hardy Harvest Food BankPort Hardy, B.C.
Terrace Churches Food BankTerrace, B.C.
100-Mile House Food Bank Society100-Mile House, B.C.
USW District 5 (Quebec)
Moisson d’AlmaAlma, Que.
Centre du Plateau Laval BécancourBécancour, Que.
Centre d’action bénévole À plein cœurContrecoeur, Que.
Centre d’action bénévole d’Iberville et de la régionSaint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.
Maison d’aide et d’hébergement FermontFermont, Que.
L’envol-Maison de la famille Sept-ÎlesSept-Îles, Que.
Hom’asculinPort Cartier, Que.
L’espoir de ShelnaHâvre St-Pierre, Que.
Centre d’entraide d’ArgenteuilLachute, Que.
Chez DorisMontréal, Que.
Bon Dieu dans la RueMontréal, Que.
CAP St-BarnabéMontréal, Que.
Cuisines Collectives Hochelaga-MaisonneuveMontréal, Que.
Les Œuvres de la Maison du PèreMontréal, Que.
Regroupement des maisons pour femmes victimes de violence conjugaleMontréal, Que.
Ressource aide alimentaire NicoletNicolet, Que.
Fin à la faimRepentigny, Que.
Ressourcerie Bernard-HamelRouyn-Noranda, Que.
Centre de bénévolat de la Vallée d’OrVal d’Or, Que.
Le Service Alimentaire Communautaire (SAC)Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Que.
Moisson Beauce St-GeorgesSt-Georges, Que.
Moisson QuébecQuébec, Que.
USW District 6 (Ontario and Atlantic Canada)
Centre Wellington Food BankFergus, Ont.
Chalmers Food PantryGuelph, Ont.
Waterloo Region Food BankKitchener, Ont.
Cambridge Self-Help Food BankCambridge, Ont.
Brantford Food BankBrantford, Ont.
Food Share Greater HamiltonHamilton, Ont.
Simcoe Caring CupboardSimcoe, Ont.
Wesley Urban MinistriesHamilton, Ont.
Fort Erie Salvation Army Food BankFort Erie, Ont.
The Hope CentreWelland, Ont.
Port Cares – Reach Out CentrePort Colborne, Ont.
Project ShareNiagara Falls, Ont.
Hawkesbury Central Food BankHawkesbury, Ont.
L’Orignal Food BankL’Orignal, Ont.
Gananoque and District Food BankGananoque, Ont.
Kingston Food Sharing ProjectKingston, Ont.
Kingston Partnership in MissionKingston, Ont.
Martha’s TableKingston, Ont.
AnovaLondon, Ont.
Community Support Centre of Essex CountyWindsor-Essex County, Ont.
London Area Food BankLondon, Ont.
Salvation Army – London Centre of HopeLondon, Ont.
Salvation Army Ingersoll Food BankIngersoll, Ont.
Mississauga Food BankMississauga, Ont.
Community Food Sharing AssociationSt. John’s, N.L.
Labrador Friendship CentreHappy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L.
Labrador West Ministerial Food BankLabrador, N.L.
Pictou County Food Bank AssociationPictou, N.S.
Agape CentreCornwall, Ont.
Cobden and District Food BankCobden, Ont.
Madawaska Food BankBarry’s Bay, Ont.
Ottawa Food BankOttawa, Ont.
Renfrew District Food BankRenfrew, Ont.
Saint Vincent de Paul – AlexandriaAlexandria, Ont.
St. Joseph’s Food BankPembroke, Ont.
VanKleek Food BankVanKleek, Ont.
Saint Vincent de Paul – Sault Ste. MarieSault Ste. Marie, Ont.
Sault Ste. Marie Soup KitchenSault Ste. Marie, Ont.
Thunder Bay Shelter HouseThunder Bay, Ont.
Blue Door Café Sudbury Soup KitchenSudbury, Ont.
Harvest Share Community Food BankParry Sound, Ont.
Human League AssociationSudbury, Ont.
Kirkland Lake Salvation Army (food bank)Kirkland Lake, Ont.
Mattawa and Area Food BankMattawa, Ont.
New Liskeard Salvation Army Food BankNew Liskeard, Ont.
North Bay Soup KitchenNorth Bay, Ont.
South Porcupine Food BankSouth Porcupine, Ont.
Sudbury Food BankSudbury, Ont.
Capuchin Outreach to the Poor (Parkdale)Toronto, Ont.
Daily Bread Food BankToronto, Ont.
FoodShare TorontoToronto, Ont.
North York Harvest Food BankToronto, Ont.
The Stop 103Toronto, Ont.

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