The London Cares Curb Hunger Food Drive kicks off its 22nd year of collecting food donations for the London Food Bank this Friday, June 1. Londoners have been incredibly generous over the last 21 years, donating 1,330,850 pounds of non-perishable donations to Canada’s longest running and most unique food drive.
Participation in the London Cares Curb Hunger Food Drive is easy. Between June 1-9, Londoners can donate non-perishable items while shopping at their neighbourhood grocery store, drop them off at their local fire station, or place them in a bag labelled ‘Food Bank’ beside their Blue Box in the on their recycling day. Now in its second year, is the option to sign up for the Plant a Row - Grow a Row program which provides gardeners with an option to donate fresh produce. Last year, 2,800 pounds of fresh produce was donated by participates.
"Food banks fill a gap for Londoners in need. We know that a good meal is vital to a good day, whether you're at school or work," said Mayor Matt Brown. "Londoners deliver year after year and we are a community that comes together to help those in need. I know this year will be no different."
“The need for food donations continues to grow each year. The 300 families a month we helped in 1986, over 30 years ago - has grown tenfold to an average of 3,360 families per month in the first part of 2018,” said Jane Roy, Co-Executive Director of the London Food Bank. “In 2018, we continue the focus on increasing donations of fresh food."
Last year, 49,830 pounds of food donations were delivered to the London Food Bank from curbside collection, corporate donations, grocery store and fire station donation bins.
Today’s launch also highlighted the activities of an ongoing pilot project in London with respect to food rescue at grocery stores. For one year now, the London Food Bank has been part of a pilot project working with Food Banks Canada and a number of grocery stores in London. Over 100,000 pounds have been rescued from the nine participating grocery stores; food that would have otherwise been sent to landfill, to make room for new goods.
Grocery stores and Fire Stations – any time during business hours June 1 – 9.
Friday, June 1 Zone F
Monday, June 4 Zone A
Tuesday, June 5 Zone B
Wednesday, June 6 Zone C
Thursday, June 7 Zone D
Friday, June 8 Zone E
Saturday, June 9 Donations still accepted at Fire Stations & grocery stores
The City of London thanks the following partners for their support and generosity to the London Cares Curb Hunger Food Drive:
Allstate Westmount Branch
Child & Youth Network
Christian Churches Network of London
Covent Garden Market
Express Employment Professionals
Goodwill Industries, Ontario Great Lakes
Habitat for Humanity
London Food Bank
Middlesex London Food Policy Council
Plant a Row - Grow a Row
The London Fire Department
TRY Recycling Inc.
Urban Roots London
When is Garbage Day.Com
Your Neighbourhood Grocery Store
Global News 980
CFPL 102.3 Jack FM
Virgin Radio 97.5 FM
County 104 FM
Fresh Radio 103.1
98.1 Free FM
The London Free Press