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Lake Shore Gold injects cash into Timmins food programs, hospital

Mining company has also committed 2,500 N95 masks to fill community need
Pan American Silver's Timmins operations include the Timmins West and Bell Creek Mines, which both feed the Bell Creek Mill. (Supplied photo)

Lake Shore Gold is showing its support for food programs and frontline workers in the Timmins area.

On April 6, the mining company announced it's donating $50,000 for meal and food programs, and thanked the Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board (CDSSAB), as well as the Timmins and South Porcupine food banks for their hard work. 

Lake Shore Gold, a subsidiary of Pan American Silver, is also donating $10,000 to the Timmins and District Hospital Foundation to help with logistics for COVID-19.

It has also committed to supplying 2,500 N95 masks to the community emergency management coordinator to distribute where needed in the community.

“We had a pandemic planning committee call last week, where our executive team in Vancouver outlined a pool of committed funds to help our communities in this difficult time. Within 24 hours, we had approval to make this donation," said Marcel Cardinal, Lake Shore Gold's director of environment and sustainability, in a news release.

“Everyone understands the importance of working together during these unprecedented times. We hope that we are able to continue to help along the way.”

The organization said it is grateful for the vital support.

"The CDSSAB is coordinating food security initiatives in Timmins so that organizations and volunteers on the front line can focus on preparing and distributing food to those in need at this critical time," said Brian Marks, the organization's CAO, in the news release.

In Timmins, Lake Shore Gold operates the Timmins West and Bell Creek Mines, which both feed the Bell Creek Mill.

Last week, the company announced it would reduce throughput by 10 to 20 per cent at its Timmins gold operations in an effort to protect employees’ health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It has also been offering employees voluntary temporary layoffs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing staff to remain home to care for their families.

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