Organizers with the Business Cares Food Drive say they hope Londoners will give them the extra last-minute push they need to reach this year’s fundraising goal.
This year’s edition of the drive, the 17th, got underway at the beginning of the month with a goal of raising over 316,000 pounds of food. Last year’s campaign brought in about 307,800 pounds.
Campaign Chair Wayne Dunn tells AM980 the campaign wraps up Wednesday night.
“We take all the food down Dec. 22, in the morning,” Dunn said. “I’m asking Londoners and businesses if they can really put their hearts together and donate food and/or cheques, and we would either pick them up, or there are several drop-off locations as well.”
As of Saturday night, the campaign had raised around 50 to 55 per cent of its fundraising goal.
“We always struggle going into the last week, and Londoners always come through that final week, and that’s the push that we’re quite optimistic for too, right now,” Dunn said.
An important statistic to keep in mind, Dunn says, is that food bank demand has risen 12 per cent over last year.
“We really have a lot of work to do,” Dunn said. “For us to even maintain last year would be a huge success, and we would love to actually exceed that to get that 12 per cent down somewhat.”
There are plenty of places businesses can drop off their donations including any RBC Bank location or YMCA branch.
More information can be found here.