As residents begin preparations for Thanksgiving, officials with the London Food Bank are hopeful they’ll remember those in need.
The Food Bank is set to kick off its 28th annual Thanksgiving Food Drive this weekend.
Close to 71-thousand pounds of food were collected during last year’s edition—which was down from the over 73-thousand pounds collected in 2014.
“Whatever comes in is great, if it’s down a little bit, we know that this kicks off the giving season in many ways,” Jane Roy, co-director of the Food Bank, told AM980. “Between now and Christmas, Londoners are incredibly generous.”
New this year is the #OneBagChallenge, where residents are encouraged to fill a bag with donations, post it to social media, and then challenge others to do the same.
Roy says the Food Bank is continuing to seek healthier options.
“Buy the kind of stuff you’d buy for your family. If you’re going to buy vegetables, buy no-salt vegetables, if you’re going to get pasta, get whole wheat pasta,” Roy said.
Residents can drop off donations at their local grocery store, fire hall, or the Food Bank’s headquarters on Leathorne St.
The drive will wrap up on Thanksgiving Monday (October 10th).