The London Food Bank ended its latest food drive with its second-worst collection total in history.
Residents donated 43,430 pounds of food to this year’s London Cares Curb Hunger Food Drive – a definite drop from the usual average of 65,000 pounds per year.
The lowest haul was experienced in 2014 when the food bank recieved 43,360 pounds of non-perishables.
“Food drives come and go,” says Glen Pearson, Co-Executive Director of the London Food Bank. “You have good years and you have years that are not quite as good. I think we can never fully know why some drives do better than others.”
Pearson says a possible contributing factor to the lower total is believed to be the rainy weather that London experienced most of last week.
The nine-day drive is timed to stock the shelves of the food bank during the summer months, a time that is often slow in food donations.
Any food from the drive is distributed to other community agencies.
Despite the near-record lows, the London Food Bank remains optimistic.
“We don’t hold our breath anymore,” says Pearson. “Londoners always come through. If one drive is down a little bit, another one will come up. I bet you this week, people will be coming out to grocery stores and fire halls and still donate food.”
After 20 years, the London Cares Curb Hunger Food Drive, Canada’s most unique drive, has passed the 1,281,000 pounds mark.
The next large collection effort is expected to take place around Thanksgiving.
With files from Rana Aladdin