The London Cares Curb Hunger campaign, in partnership with the London Food Bank, begins June 3, 2020 spreading awareness of the need for financial and food donations (both non-perishable and fresh food) in our community.
This annual campaign helps to prepare the Food Bank as it heads into the summer months, and promotes the need for fresh produce.
Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic has required some adjustments to this year’s campaign to help staff, volunteers, and residents participate safely.
How to participate.
Between June 3 and June 13, residents are encouraged to participate and help the London Food Bank, if they can, in a number of ways.
Financial Donations - Online donations at londonfoodbank.ca are vital and the quickest way to help the London Food Bank acquire fresh food. Financial donations give the Food Bank the necessary resources to help reach London’s most vulnerable, including individuals and families living unsheltered in our city.
Plant a Row, Grow a Row - Londoners can sign up to help Grow-a-Row for the Food Bank in their backyard or community gardens. Growing your own produce at home is a great activity for families and households, and any extra produce from your garden can be donated to the Food Bank.
Food Donations – Non-perishable food donations can be left in bins at participating grocery stores. Residents can view store locations online. Fresh and non-perishable foods continue to be accepted at the Food Bank, located at 926 Leathorne Street. Your patience is appreciated when visiting as physical distancing measures continue to be in effect.
Community Re-Fresh - For three years now, the London Food Bank and City of London have partnered with Food Banks Canada and a number of local grocery stores to rescue food before it expires. This food would have been sent to landfill if it had been left to expire. This partnership project is a perfect example of helping Londoners, while reducing cost and reducing environmental impact.
Changes to this year’s campaign.
There is no pickup of non-perishable food donations at curbside. In fact, due the gradual decline in the use of the curbside portion, this option was not going to be used in 2020.
Fire Stations will not be used as drop off centres this year.
Grocery store donations are always appreciated but during the COVID-19 pandemic they have been made more difficult due to physical distancing challenges and other at store requirements.
Looking back at 2019’s campaign.
The 2019 campaign helped raise a total of 49,360 pounds of food donations, including over 6,900 lbs from the newly branded Community Re-Fresh program which rescues food from grocery stores. 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.
Learn more about the London Food Bank at www.londonfoodbank.ca
The City of London thanks the following partners for their support and generosity to the London Cares Curb Hunger Campaign. Many of these partners have supported past food drives for years.
Allstate Insurance (Westmount Branch)
CCNL (Christian Churches Network of London)
Child & Youth Network
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
102.3 Jack FM
Free 98.1 FM
Fresh Radio 103.1
Virgin Radio 97.5 FM
The London Free Press