Support needed for the 23rd Annual Food Drive
The London Cares Curb Hunger Food Drive kicks off its 23rd year of curbside collection Friday, May 31 in Zone C. This 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 and to promote the need for fresh produce
For the third year, the Plant. Grow. Share A Row program is another method for Londoners to get involved. Register at the London Food Bank and then share your fresh produce later in the summer and early fall.
"These last few years have been the most challenging years for the London Food Bank", says Jane Roy, Co-Executive Director. "Never before have there been so many people turning to the Food Bank for help - many of these families have never had to use the Food Bank before."
During the 2018 Food Drive, over 24,500 pounds were collected curbside; another 18,700 pounds were collected through grocery stores; plus the generous corporate donations of 5,900 pounds and over 2,900 from the Plant A Row program helped raise a total of 52,000 pounds of food donations. All food collected by the Food Drive is donated to the London Food Bank. This is a necessary service for those who need a helping hand to get through difficult periods of their lives. The London Food Bank helps 3,500 families per month on average.
How to participate
Donating is easy and there are four ways contribute.
- At Grocery Stores – shoppers can drop of food donations in the Food Bank bins at their local grocery store
- On your recycling day between May 31 and June 8 residents can place a bag of non-perishable items in a reusable bag, clear blue recycling bag or plastic grocery bag tied with a ribbon, placed next to the Blue Box at the curb. The City’s recycling contractor Miller Waste and volunteer crews will collect the donations from the curb.
- Drop off donations at London Fire Stations
- Plant, Grow and Share a row of food from your garden.
The City of London thanks the following partners for their support and generosity to the London Cares Curb Hunger Food Drive:
Allstate Insurance (Westmount Branch)
CCNL (Christian Churches Network of London)
Child & Youth Network
City of London
Covent Garden Market
Express Employment Professionals
Food is Food
Goodwill Industries, Ontario Great Lakes
Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario
Joe Kool’s Restaurant
London Environmental Network
London Fire Department
London Food Bank
Middlesex-London Food Policy Council
Miller Waste Systems
Plant, Grow, Share a Row
TRY Recycling Inc.
Urban Roots London
When is Garbage Day.Com
Your Neighbourhood Grocery Store
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Fresh Radio 103.1
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