Local 372 Food Bank

DSC_3385 cmykhttp://www.local372.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/DSC_3385-cmyk-150x99.jpg 150w, http://www.local372.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/DSC_3385-cmyk-300x198.jpg 300w, http://www.local372.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/DSC_3385-cmyk-700x463.jpg 700w" sizes="(max-width: 660px) 100vw, 660px" />Member Relief Fund – Help Our Own When the System Fails Us  

Local 372 delivers food and supplies to members in the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy 

On December 17th, 2012, the Executive Board of Local 372 launched the Local 372 Member Relief Food Bank Truck.  After Hurricane Sandy they visited school shelters in some of the hardest hit areas of Brooklyn and Queens.  As Bloomberg and other city officials allowed the needs of residents to go unattended to; it was the people, like the ones in Local 372’s office that took up the challenge of collecting donations for the hardest hit by the storm.  The relief fund committee solicited food, cleaning supplies and toiletries from vendors.

In just 4 days, from December 17-20, Local 372 was able to help hundreds of members in Redhook Brooklyn, the Rockaways, Staten Island and Coney Island.  With the help of the Local 372 staff, the Executive Board and union members, we were able to donate food, cleaning supplies, coats and gift cards.  “Being able to do something for our brothers and sisters felt great” stated President Shaun D. Francois.

This is an example of what we can achieve through collective organizing.  This embodies the spirit of unions.  Unions were created to be spaces for workers to take action together to better conditions for everyone.  This legacy was upheld by you, the members of local 372 in the aftermath of Sandy when you came to aid each other when it was most needed.  This is true people power and this people power is what allowed us to achieve what those in power refused to do.

At one of the Brooklyn locations, Aida Ross SAPIS Chapter secretary stated “our members and their families are going through a lot right now.  The Sandy aftermath is not just about the loss of valuables.  As part of the relief effort, Local 372 SAPIS counselors are here to provide counseling or something as simple as a shoulder to cry on”.

We will continue the Local 372 Member Relief Fund Food Bank in the near future. If you would like to help the members of Local 372 who were affected by Hurricane Sandy and for future relief efforts please call us at (212) 815-1372.

These kinds of acts are what true unionism is about, helping those in need. The work and that of the local staff is harder than ever but our duties and responsibilities to our members have not and will not change. We who have been charged to serve the members must also embrace this concept.