Londoners donate 47,025 pounds as part of the 21st annual London Cares Curb Hunger Food Drive
The London Food Bank now has 47,025 lbs of additional food on its shelves thanks to the generosity of Londoners. This is an 8% increase over the amount collected in 2016 (43,430 lbs). Visit our Facebook page for stories and photos from 2017's campaign.
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.
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)
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 Fire Department
London Food Bank
Middlesex-London Food Policy Council
Miller Waste Systems
Plant a Row Grow a Row
The Hood Archery Games
TRY Recycling Inc.
When is Garbage Day.Com
Your Neighbourhood Grocery Store
102.3 Jack FM
County 104 FM
Free 98.1 FM
Virgin Radio97.5 FM
The London Free Press