The London Food Bank now has 48,200 lbs of additional food on its shelves thanks to the generosity of Londoners who participated in the 23rd Annual London Cares Curb Hunger Food Drive.
Plus, the number will only go up as food is grown through the Plant. Grow. Grow a Row program which provides gardeners the option to donate fresh produce. This portion of the London Cares Curb Hunger Food Drive has plenty of room for more participants.
“For 23 years, London has come together and proven we care through supporting the London Food Bank and the London Cares Curb Hunger Food Drive,” said Mayor Ed Holder. “This amazing community-wide initiative is a heart-warming reminder of how truly good our city is, as we continue to recognize the need to support our most vulnerable.”
This year’s food drive kept pace with last year’s drive when 49,360 lbs was collected. After 23 years, the running total for one of Canada's most unique food drives has now passed the 1.43 million lbs mark.
“A key part of the 2019 Food Drive was furthering our work with rescuing food from grocery stores,” said Jane Roy, Co-Executive Director of the London Food Bank. “Working with City staff we have branded the program Community Re-Fresh which contributed 6,920 lbs of rescued food during this drive, a 15% increase over 2018. This is a year round program.”
“We are grateful for all non-perishable and fresh food donations and for those that offered cash donations,” said Jay Stanford, Director, Environment, Fleet and Solid Waste. “Every pound counts in our mission to help Londoners in need during the drive and into the summer months ahead.”
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.
Child & Youth Network
Christian Churches Network of London
Covent Garden Market
Express Employment Professionals
Food is Food.ca
Goodwill Industries, Ontario Great Lakes
Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario
Joe Kool’s Restaurant
London Environmental Network
London Food Bank
Miller Waste Systems
Middlesex London Food Policy Council
Plant a Row - Grow a Row
Rotary Satellite Club of London
The London Fire Department
TRY Recycling Inc.
Urban Roots London
When is Garbage Day.Com
YMCA of Southwestern Ontario
Your Neighbourhood Grocery Store
PURE Country 93 FM
Classic Rock 98.1
Virgin Radio 97.5 FM
The London Free Press