The London Food Bank now has 47,025 lbs of additional food on its shelves thanks to the generosity of Londoners who participated in the 21st Annual London Cares Curb Hunger Food Drive. This is an 8% increase over the amount collected in 2016 (43,430 lbs).
“Londoners deliver for the Food Bank each and every year. I am so pleased to see the generosity of our community as we work together to fight poverty. In London, no child should ever go to school or bed hungry," said Mayor Matt Brown.
The London Cares Curb Hunger Food Drive is timed to help stock the shelves of the Food Bank as it heads into the summer months which is traditionally a slower period for food donations. The need carries throughout the summer. New this year, the Plant a Row-Grow a Row program was introduced, and so far 60 families have signed up to grow a row of produce that will be donated to the Food Bank at harvest time. This number exceeded the target of 50 families in the first year.
“For the first half of 2017, an average of 3,550 families are using the Food Bank on a monthly basis and the new amount of food donations will go a long way to supporting families during the summer months ahead,” said Jane Roy, Co-Executive Director of the London Food Bank. “The Food Bank wishes to acknowledge the tremendous generosity of Londoners during this food drive and to those that signed up for the new Grow-a-Row program. Sign-up will carry on over the summer months at londonfoodbank.ca.”
After 21 years, the running total for one of Canada's most unique food drives has now passed the 1.3 million pound mark.
“We encouraged Londoners to give what they could during this food drive and we are very grateful for every donation – large and small – that came in,” notes Jay Stanford, Director, Environment, Fleet & Solid Waste. “Every pound of food donation collected and the fresh food that will come in later will help make a difference in London.”
The London Food Bank and City of London extend a big thank you to the following corporate and media partners for their thoughtful support and generosity to the London Cares Curb Hunger Food Drive:
Allstate Insurance (Westmount Branch)
Child & Youth Network
Christian Churches Network of London
Covent Garden Market
Express Employment Professionals
Food is Food
Goodwill Industries, Ontario Great Lakes
Habitat for Humanity
London Food Bank
Miller Waste Systems
Middlesex London Food Policy Council
Plant a Row – Grow a Row
The Hood Archery Games
The London Fire Department
TRY Recycling Inc.
When is Garbage Day.Com
Your Neighbourhood Grocery Store
Virgin Radio97.5 FM
County 104 FM
98.1 Free FM
The London Free Press