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CUPE Local 229 donates to AMS Food Centre

November 30, 2011

KINGSTON, ON – The Alma Mater Society (AMS) is pleased to accept a $500 donation from members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 229 to the AMS Food Centre.  

“We’ve seen a dramatic increase in the number of students using the Food Centre in the last few weeks,” says Laura Stairs, AMS Food Centre Director. “We really depend on donations to buy fresh food for students to ensure they have access to the vitamins and nutrients necessary to succeed academically.” 

The AMS Food Centre is run by the Social Issues Commission of the AMS, providing a reliable, confidential and non-judgmental service to all Queen’s students. The AMS Food Centre also works with other organizations to address the underlying causes of poverty and seek to eliminate poverty amongst the Queen’s community. It is funded by optional student fees from the AMS and SGPS, as well as donations.

 “The members of Local 229 are the people who serve you every day,” explained Kevin Cuthbertson, the Secretary-Treasurer of CUPE Local 229, in a letter to the AMS. “They are the custodians across campus and in residence, they are the tradesmen who keep the lights on, the water flowing and the doors open, they are the athletics and recreation staff, they are the grounds workers, and they are the people who feed you every day, and they all want to help.”

Please direct all media inquiries to Amanda Judd, AMS Communications Officer, at or (613) 533-6000 x 75850.

Alma Mater Society (AMS) -
The central undergraduate student government at Queen’s University, the AMS represents over 14,200 students and is the oldest student government in Canada. The constituency is represented through 12 faculty and residence societies. The AMS Council, which is made up of a three-person executive, six commissioners, and three directors, oversees all day-to-day activities within the Society, including 14 corporate services and various government committees that address virtually all matters of student life at Queen’s.