IATSE Raises Over 175,000 Meals for Food Banks Canada’s “Every Plate Full” Campaign

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TORONTO, ON – For the month of May, IATSE partnered with Food Banks Canada on their new campaign “Every Plate Full” , which aims to raise food and funds for hungry Canadians during the summer months, when donations tend to slow down.

With every dollar raised translating to three meals, the IATSE set a goal of raising 100,000 meals nationally.  Each local was invited to participate and Food Banks Canada matched participating locals a food bank in their area of the country.  Local team captains set up a donation page on the Every Plate Full website so that members could donate directly to their local’s total.

The IATSE is proud of how quickly our members and locals embraced the cause, and thrilled that we smashed our goal with a national total of over 175,000 meals.  Local 212 topped the donations with $14,130 raised, and Local 58 raised the most on a per capita basis, with $9,479, or $22.05 per member.  We would also like to recognize two employers who decided to take up the challenge and went above and beyond with their efforts.  Thank you to F&D Scene Changes for their donation of $6,940 and to Great Lakes Scenic Studios for their donation of $4,340.  What an incredible effort!

Food Banks Canada Executive Director, Katharine Schmidt, stated: “For their first national food drive, IATSE has really knocked it out of the ball-park. We hope that it will encourage other unions to join the cause.”

About Food Banks Canada

Food Banks Canada supports a unique network of over 3,000 food-related organizations in every province and territory that assists close to 850,000 Canadians each month. Together our network shares over 200 million pounds of essential safe quality food annually, provides social programs that help to foster self-sufficiency, and advocates for policy change that will help create a Canada where no one goes hungry. Visit foodbankscanada.ca for more information.

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The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees or IATSE (full name: International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada), is a labor union representing over 150,000 technicians, artisans and craftspersons in the entertainment industry, including live theatre, motion picture and television production, broadcast, and trade shows in the United States and Canada.

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