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United Steelworkers Humanity Fund contributes to Kootenay food banks

The Steelworkers Humanity Fund is contributing $247,250 to food banks across the country. Submitted photo

Food banks across Canada, including many in the Kootenays, are receiving funding from the Steelworkers Humanity Fund just in time for the holidays.

“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. In this context, The Steelworkers Humanity Fund plays a crucial role as a solidarity tool for the United Steelworkers, working for greater social justice.”

Included in the $247,250 in funding are:

Cranbrook Food Bank

Community Harvest Food Bank - Castlegar

Elkford Food Bank

Salvation Army - Fernie

Golden Food Bank

Columbia Valley Food Bank

Kimberley Helping Hands Food Bank

Sparwood Food Bank

Salvation Army Food Bank - Trail

Trail United Church Food Bank

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.

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