Organizers of the Business Cares Food Drive say they hope Londoners will help give them the extra push they need this week to reach their campaign goal.
The drive, which is currently in its third week, wraps up on Monday, said Wayne Dunn, co-chair of the Business Cares Food Drive. All food collected will go to the London and Area Food Bank.
So far, the drive has amassed around 40% of it’s 281,536 pound goal.
“We need a final push every year,” Dunn said. “We just came off a great weekend from the grocery stores and the Golfers Care event that we did, but for us to come anywhere near our goal [..] we’re really going to need a push from businesses, particularly, in the city, and any individual that would donate food and/or a cheque to us.”
Dunn said though this year’s drive took a slant toward more nutritious items, like no-salt diced tomatoes, whole what pastas, and healthier baby foods, any non-perishable items are welcome.
Londoners wishing to donate can take items to County Heritage at 1275 Hubrey Road, or to any RBC Branch, Finch Auto dealerships, YMCA branch, or to the Covent Garden Market downtown.
“For those who are really tied up with time, and we really do get it, how busy this season is, we’d be more than happy to pick up a cheque from anybody,” Dunn said. “We will turn that into fresh produce, milk and eggs, and baby food in the new year when it’s really needed.”
Twenty to 25 trucks will also be on the road Thursday, Friday, and Monday, to pick up cheques from Londoners and items from businesses, Dunn said. Cheques can also be taken to County Heritage.
Non-perishable items can also be brought to Budweiser Gardens during Wednesday and Friday night’s London Knights games and Saturday’s London Lightning game as part of “Be A Fan… Bring a Can.”
More information on the drive can be found at businesscares.ca
(With files from Matthew Trevithick, Natalie Lovie)