The Corporation of The City of London
June 17, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Londoners show Heart with generous donations to the 16th Annual London Cares
Curbside Food Drive
The London Food Bank now has 68,600 pounds of additional food on its shelves
thanks to the generosity of Londoners who donated to the 16th Annual London
Cares Curbside Food Drive.
Also included in the totals are 4,470 pounds of corporate donations and 11,230
pounds collected from Tim Hortons and grocery stores.
"The Food Bank wishes to acknowledge the tremendous generosity of Londoners,"
says Jane Roy, Co-Executive Director of the London Food Bank. "We've seen a 20
percent increase in the number of families relying on the Food Bank this year
and the London Cares Curbside Food Drive has helped to ensure that our Food Bank
shelves are stocked for the summer months when regular donations tend to slow
After a very slow start and a "call to action" from the Food Bank, local media
and City staff, contributions began to increase at grocery stores and Tim
Hortons drop-off locations, and in the remaining areas of the city that had not
had the volunteer pickup. The highest amount in 16 years came through the
grocery stores and Tim Hortons.
"A food drive of this scale and the important awareness that it brings can only
be achieved by working together," says Jay Stanford, Director, Environmental
Programs & Solid Waste. "This Food Drive is a true partnership between
businesses, organizations, media, City of London staff and, of course, the many
Londoners who make it all possible. Our thanks are also extended to a number of
corporations that chose to help out including Amway, Davis+Henderson and Laser
The running total for one of Canada's most unique food drives has now collected
almost 1,070,000 pounds in 16 years of helping to support the great work of
staff and volunteers at the London Food Bank.
The London Food Bank and City of London extend a big thank you to the following
corporate and media partners for their superb support and generosity to the
London Cares Curbside Food Drive:
Child & Youth Network
Christian Churches Network of London
Covent Garden Market
Goodwill Industries, Ontario Great Lakes
John Labatt Centre
PMS Personal Mail Service Joe Kool's
London Food Bank
Miller Waste Systems
My Green Workplace
Try Recycling Inc.
When is Garbage Day.Com
Your Neighbourhood Grocery Store
EZ Rock 97.5
The North London Beacon
The London Free Press
London Community News