For nearly a decade, the AASUA and the University of Alberta had agreed that members could voluntarily redirect their dues to the Campus Food Bank. However, the membership of the Association of Academic Staff University of Alberta (AASUA) and the Governors of the University of Alberta recently ratified the 2018-2020 Collective Agreement which no longer permits an AASUA staff member to redirect their monthly association dues to the Campus Food Bank. An employee may make application to the Alberta Labour Relations Board under Section 29(2) of the Labour Relations Code if due to religious conviction or religious belief they object to joining a trade union or object to paying union dues.
Council and Executive encourage our AASUA members to support the Campus Food Bank by becoming donors.
The following is a message from Cory Hodgson, Executive Director of the Campus Food Bank:
We’d like to thank all AASUA members for their long standing support of the Campus Food Bank. Over our 27 years of existence we have enjoyed the heartfelt support of professors, faculty, and staff of the University and it’s this support that’s allowed us to continue and thrive in our mission of ensuring food security at the University of Alberta.
Two years ago the Government of Alberta passed legislation which brought AASUA under the Labour Relations Code. The AASUA and University of Alberta eliminated a program that allowed AASUA members to direct their dues to the Campus Food Bank. AASUA graciously provided an injection of one-time funding to offset this sudden change in our funding sources, and we have been working with them since to develop a long term solution.
The Campus Food Bank relies on donations as it’s primary source of funding, as it receives no formal funding from any level of government or from the University (as is common with most food banks). It’s the generosity of the University community that has enabled us to run our programs and support U of A students, staff, alumni, and their families who struggle while attending the University of Alberta. While we are trying to diversify our revenue streams (pursuing grants for specific programs), donations will likely always be the plurality of our revenue sources.
Usage of the Campus Food Bank and it’s programs has been increasing over the last 5 years. We’ve jumped from helping 1,600 to 2,400 people annually, and from giving out 800 hampers a year to 1,400. Costs for post-secondary education continue to rise, putting more pressure on students who already face more hardship than the rest of the student population. Students with families, medical issues, identifying as First Nations, Metis or Inuit, identifying as LGBTQ2S, or international students all face increased pressures in pursuing their education. In response to this we’ve moved to diversify our programming, by providing cheaper grocery options through the WECAN program and our grocery bus, and by hosting Campus Kitchen events where students can come for a free meal, a social experience, and learn some cooking tips. This is a start to meeting the increased need we see on campus, but to go further we need additional resources.
We’d like you to consider becoming a monthly donor to the Campus Food Bank. As a registered charity, all donations are tax deductible. Becoming a monthly donor allows us to plan sustainably to increase the level and frequency of our programming. You can sign up to donate on our website at campusfoodbank.com/donate.
If you ever want to reach out to the Campus Food Bank with any questions or information or would like to learn more about our programs, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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