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124 food banks across Canada receive $247,250 from the Steelworkers Humanity Fund

December 7, 2023
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TORONTO – 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 or scroll down.

Steelworkers Humanity Fund Food bank contributions – December 2023

District 3 (Western Canada and the Territories)Food banks
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.
Davidson and area Food PantryDavidson, Sask.
Edmonton Gleaners AssocationEdmonton, Alta.
Elkford Food Bank (Elkford Women’s Task Force Society)Elkford, B.C.
Salvation Army – FernieFernie, B.C.
Lord’s Bounty Inc.Flin 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 Bank Inc.Prince Albert, Sask.
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 (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 Harvest Inc.Winnipeg, 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 FishesNanamio, B.C.
Port Hardy Harvest Food BankPort Hardy, B.C.
Terrace Churches Food BankTerrace, B.C.
Whitehorse Food BankWhitehorse, Y.T.
100-Mile House Food Bank Society100-Mile House B.C.
District 5 (Quebec)Food banks
Moisson d’AlmaAlma, Que.
Centraide du Grand-MontréalMontréal, Que.
Centraide Richelieu-YamaskaSaint-Hyacinthe, Que.
Centre du Plateau Laval BécancourBécancour, Que.
Centre d’action bénévole de DrummondDrummondville, Que.
Centre d’action bénévole de la MRC de CoaticookCoaticook, Que.
Centre d’action bénévole de Port-CartierPort-Cartier, Que.
Fondation Rock-GuertinSherbrooke, Que.
Maison d’aide et d’hébergement FermontFermont, Que.
L’espoir de ShelnaHâvre St-Pierre, Que.
Centre d’entraide d’ArgenteuilLachute, Que.
Chez DorisMontréal, Que.
Le Comptoir alimentaire de Sept-ÎlesSept-Îles, 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.
District 6 (Ontario & Atlantic Canada)Food banks
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.
Stop 103Toronto, Ont.

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Marty Warren, President, Steelworkers Humanity Fund, 416-544-5951
Guillaume Charbonneau, Executive Director, Steelworkers Humanity Fund, 416-544-5944, gcharbonneau@usw.ca
Shannon Devine, USW Communications, 416-938-4402, sdevine@usw.ca

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