The Forest City has donated 43,430 lbs of food in support of the 20th annual London Cares Curb Hunger Food Drive.
“The Food Bank wishes to acknowledge the tremendous generosity of Londoners during this food drive,” Jane Roy, Co-Executive Director of the London Food Bank said. “Currently about 3,500 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.”
The London Cares Curb Hunger Food Drive is timed to stock the shelves of the Food Bank as it heads into the summer months, which is often a slower period for food donations.
Glen Pearson, Co-Executive Director of the London Food Bank stated that this particular drive is special to London because it originated from the community through the efforts of Jay Stanford, Director of Environment, Fleet and Solid Waste for the City of London and other city officials to meet the need in the summer.
Compared to previous years, Person stated that the number was lower, but that the organization was hoping for approximately 40,000 lbs of food.
“After 30 years, we don’t hold our breath anymore,” Person said. “Londoners always come through. If one drive is down a little bit, another one will come up. I bet you this week, people will go out to grocery stores and fire halls and still donate food.”
The London Food Bank and City of London expressed their appreciation to AM980 along with other corporate and media partners for their support and generosity to the London Cares Curb Hunger Food Drive.
“At the end of the day it is not just to help the city or the food bank. It is because they understand people are going without (food) and having a difficult time,” Person said. “It says a lot that they are willing to do that even at a time of the year when things tend to die out a bit. They stepped up and did it again.”
After 20 years, the running total for one of Canada’s most unique food drives has now passed the 1,281,000 lbs mark.
“For 20 years Londoners have generously supported the food drive, demonstrating care for their neighbours. This year was no different as Londoners were once again generous to help those in need in our community,” London’s Deputy Mayor Paul Hubert said.
Person stated that the next drive is expected to take place around Thanksgiving. The organization will also be working with other agencies on ensuring food security for families in need.