120 food banks across Canada receive $233,750 from the Steelworkers Humanity Fund

TORONTO – In 2021, the Steelworkers Humanity Fund is contributing $233,750 to 120 food banks and other organizations across Canada.

As more and more Canadians return to their pre-pandemic lifestyle and habits, it is easy to forget about the hardship that many are still experiencing. Over the course of the past year, inequalities have continued to soar, making the holiday season a difficult period for even more families.

“The fact that in 2021 people are still living in poverty in a country like Canada is outrageous in itself. We have also seen how some of the most affected by the pandemic are also the poorest of our society,” said Ken Neumann, President of the Steelworkers Humanity Fund.

“In that context, the Steelworkers Humanity Fund is an important tool we have as Steelworkers to help mitigate part of the lasting impact of the pandemic on communities,” Neumann added. “But while we believe we must do our part through our annual donations to food banks and other organizations, we will continue to demand bold action from our governments in order to tackle the root causes of those inequalities.”

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 2021 from the Steelworkers Humanity Fund.


For further information:

Ken Neumann, President, Steelworkers Humanity Fund, 416-544-5951
Doug Olthuis, Executive Director, Steelworkers Humanity Fund, 416-859-9953, dolthuis@usw.ca
Shannon Devine, USW Communications, 416-894-7118 (c), sdevine@usw.ca

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