PSAC610 Benefits - Food Support & Resources
Food Support & Resources Committee Policy and Best Practices
The Food Support & Resources Committee administers and dispenses resources that have been budgeted to aid the Local’s members in the event that they experience financial shortage that affects their ability to purchase food for themselves and/or their families. Committee members meet at least once per month to coordinate and regulate the disbursement of the Food Support & Resources and also conduct business, such as the adjudication of food bank applications, via email. The committee follows the guidelines for standing committees stipulated in the union’s bylaws.
The Food Support & Resources Fund is intended to aid members who are experiencing chronic or unexpected financial need or an emergency that diverts income from their food budget. The Fund has an annual budget of $12000 for over 2000 members. Given these limited resources, not everyone will be approved.
Members with personal or medical emergencies should also consider applying for PSAC 610's Financial Assistance Fund and Extended Health Plan. Please review the application criteria for all of our benefits on our website under the category "Benefits". Each successful applicant will receive $75 in food bank vouchers, plus $25 for every dependent in their household (e.g., spouse, children) to a maximum of $175.
Members who live with a partner who is also employed as a TA or Post-Doc at Western shall apply together on one form. Successful two-member applications receive $75 for each member (total $150), plus $25 for dependents to a maximum of $175.
Amount & Frequency of Disbursement of Food Support & Resources
The Food Support & Resources currently provides President’s Choice (PC) gift cards, redeemable at the following locations:
- Loblaws Supermarkets
- No Frills
- Real Canadian Superstore
- Club Entrepot
- Extra Foods
- Independent Grocers
- Loblaw Great Food
- Maxi and Co
- Save Easy
- Atlantic superstore
- Wholesale Club
- Zehrs markets
- Zehrs Great Food
Gift cards for other locations may be provided upon request.