FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Postdoctoral Scholars at Queen’s University welcomed to Alma Mater Society Food Bank in time for the Holidays


Photo Caption: PSAC Local 901 contributed $850 to the Alma Matter Society (AMS) Food Bank today. Undergraduate students servicing the food bank are Teeghan Niblett-Wilson, volunteer coordinator, and Cole Smith, manager.


Dec 6, 2016


Postdoctoral Scholars at Queen’s University welcomed to Alma Mater Society Food Bank in time for the Holidays

Kingston – The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) Local 901 and the Alma Mater Society Food Bank are pleased to announce that Postdoctoral Scholars at Queen’s University have gained access to the campus Food Bank effective immediately. Today, PSAC local 901 made an $850 contribution to the Food Bank, which includes a $2 fee for each of the 175 Postdoctoral Scholars represented by the union, and a $500 donation.

“The AMS Food Bank is working with PSAC local 901 to extend food services to Postdocs at Queen’s University. We thank the members of PSAC local 901 for their generosity and initiative in supporting Postdocs at Queen’s University,” writes AMS Food Bank Manager Cole Smith. “I’m glad we have started to take steps towards supporting Postdocs at Queen’s University.”

The Food Bank relies mainly on donations as well as a $1.00 student fee from both the AMS and the Society for Graduate and Professional Students. Funds are for the purchasing of fresh fruits, vegetables, milk and other items on a weekly basis.

Dr. Tamara Jamaspishvili, PSAC local 901 Equity Officer states, “When Postdocs have difficulties making ends meet after paying for rent, childcare and student loan payments, it can become impossible to provide nutritious food for their families. Food precarity is real and those who experience it feel they have no place to turn. PSAC Local 901 looks forward to this collaboration with AMS, it will make a positive difference for some Postdocs and their families who are in need.”

The AMS Food Bank is currently located at 218 Barrie Street (McGillivray-Brown Hall) and is open 5:00pm – 6:30pm every evening until (and including) Monday, December 12th and will also be open Friday, December 9th from 10:00am – 11:30am. They will relocate to Room 343 in the John Deutsch University Centre (corner of Union St. and University St.) on December 13th and reopen on January 9th, 2017 with regular hours, open daily from 10:00am – 11:30am and 5:00pm – 6:30pm.

Food Bank manager Smith explains that services will still be available. “We strive to accommodate patrons on an individual level, if there is support that we can offer outside of our regular hours of operation (i.e. grocery pick-up outside of operational hours or requests for specific high demand items). I will attempt to personally facilitate alternative arrangements until December 21st.”

Please contact Cole Smith at The AMS Food Bank can also be reached at 613- 533-6972 during operating hours and at 613-533-6000 x 74816 outside operating hours. For more information visit


For more information or to book interviews, please contact PSAC local 901 Information Officer Stéfy McKnight ( 249-878-7833.

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Download pdf version: PSAC 901 Postdocs Media Release AMS Foodbank partnership Dec 6, 2016_FINAL2

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