The London Food Bank has received close to 40-thousand lbs. of food for their Thanksgiving food drive — which is up 24 percent from the total they had this time last year.
With only three days left in the two-week drive, organizers say they are well over the 31-thousand lbs. they had collected heading into the Thanksgiving weekend in 2015.
Jane Roy, co-director of the Food Bank, says they are about 60% to last year’s 71-thousand lbs. final total.
“There seems to be a momentum around this drive, and we’re motivated by that,” Roy told AM980. “Whether it’s the weather, whether it’s the Blue Jays winning, whether people are thinking about others less fortunate than them, I think it’s great.”
Close to 71-thousand lbs. of food were collected during last year’s edition — which was down from the over 73-thousand lbs. 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.”
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).