UFCW donates $60,000 to charities
The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Locals 175 & 633, representing some 70,000 members, have donated a total of $60,000 to charitable organizations across the province.
“Food security and accessibility is a major concern in many communities and this year has exacerbated the issue even more as many people have found themselves with insecure income and limited budgets,” said Shawn Haggerty, president of UFCW Local 175.
With Labour Day events cancelled this year because of COVID-19, the local union executive boards decided to take the money normally spent on those events and make $3,000 donations to 20 organizations.
Among the many services to their communities, these organizations provide: front-line food provision for families and individuals; hot meals for vulnerable community members; assisting with school nutrition programs, and; food distribution and support through other area agencies and charitable initiatives.
“As the union that represents people who make and sell food, we are keenly aware of our vital food supply chain and the valuable services of every worker and volunteer that helps keep Ontarians fed, healthy, and safe. I am very proud that our executive board chose to make these donations to give something back to our communities in this time of need,” says Haggerty.