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October 4, 2005

UFCW HELPS MORE THAN 1,000 KATRINA-AFFECTED MEMBERS

Washington – The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) members, constituency groups and local unions have opened their hearts over the past few weeks and generously contributed to the wellbeing of Hurricane Katrina victims.

The UFCW Katrina Relief Fund has topped a half-million dollars, and representatives from UFCW regions 3 and 5 have been using the funds to help more than 1,000 UFCW members affected by the storm.

The UFCW has also been assisting members returning to their homes in New Orleans and other devastated areas in getting transition housing and jobs, as well as in cleaning up and rebuilding damaged homes.

Additionally, several UFCW local unions have distributed food and have adopted members, and their families, who have been left homeless by Katrina.

UFCW Regions 3 and 5 continue their outreach efforts aiming at accounting for every UFCW member affected by the storm.

Katrina-affected members can call 866-820-6141.

While short-term efforts continue, UFCW members affected by the hurricane will be rebuilding their lives for some time, and the UFCW will continue sustaining members through this difficult time.

Contributions can be mailed to:

UFCW Katrina Relief Fund: Region 5 Council
1400 West Northwest Highway
Suite 100
Grapevine, TX  76051

For further Katrina-related information, please refer to www.ufcw.org.