New Brunswick Union selects charity of choice, NB Association of Food Banks

"This is a milestone donation. It will help the association move forward and build capacity to better serve the food banks and soup kitchens in New Brunswick." — George Piers, President, NB Association of Food Banks

Photo of George Piers, President of the NB Association of Food Banks, Susie Proulx-Daigle, President of the New Brunswick UnionFredericton (03 March 2017) — The Board of directors of the New Brunswick Union (NBU/NUPGE) has chosen the New Brunswick Association of Food Banks (NBAFB) as its charity of choice.

NBU/NUPGE members give back to communities through food bank donations

For the next 3 years, the union will contribute $12,000 per year to the NBAFB to help with its work throughout the province. The NBAFB is a non-profit, charitable organization whose membership is comprised of food banks and soup kitchens throughout the province of New Brunswick.

There are a total of 59 agency members throughout the province that comprise the association.

"We're very proud to make this donation to the New Brunswick Association of Food Banks," said Susie Proulx-Daigle, NBU President. "They do tremendous work throughout our province and this donation is a way for the members of our union to give back to their respective communities."

Donation helps food bank resources go farther

George Piers, President of the NBAFB was on hand for the cheque presentation and said the donations will have a great impact.

"This is a milestone donation," said Piers. "It will help the association move forward and build capacity to better serve the food banks and soup kitchens in New Brunswick."

Food banks illustrate need to tackle income inequality

Every 3 years, the board of the NBU/NUPGE selects a charity of choice in the province. Past recipients include the New Brunswick Association of Community Living, the Premier's Council on the Status of Disabled Persons, and Easter Seals, among others.

In addition to the yearly donation of $12,000, the NBU Women's Committee also gave the NBAFB a cheque for more than $2,000. The funds were raised by the committee through various efforts during the NBU Biennial Convention held in October 2016.

"While the donation made today will help, we know food banks and soup kitchens across the province need even more to operate and help thousands of New Brunswickers," said Proulx-Daigle. "With this in mind, we want to encourage all of our members to help their local food banks in any way possible, whether it's with food donations, monetary contributions or volunteering."

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