The London Food Bank now has 47,025 lbs. of additional food on its shelves due to the generosity of Londoners who participated in the 21st Annual London Cares Curb Hunger Food Drive.
This year’s results, which were announced on June 18, represent an eight percent increase over the 43,430 lbs. collected in 2016.
“Londoners deliver for the food bank each and every year,” said Mayor Matt Brown. “I am so pleased to see the generosity of our community as we work together to fight poverty. In London, no child should ever go to school or bed hungry.”
The London Cares Curb Hunger Food Drive is timed to help stock the shelves of the food bank as it heads into the summer months, a traditionally a slower period for food donations.
New this year, the Plant a Row-Grow a Row program was introduced, and so far 60 families have signed up to grow a row of produce that will be donated to the food bank at harvest time.
This number exceeded the target of 50 families in the first year.
“For the first half of 2017, an average of 3,550 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,” said Jane Roy, co-executive director of the London Food Bank. “The Food Bank wishes to acknowledge the tremendous generosity of Londoners during this food drive and to those that signed up for the new Grow-a-Row program. Sign-up will carry on over the summer months at londonfoodbank.ca.”
After 21 years, the running total for one of Canada’s most unique food drives has now passed the 1.3 million pound mark.
“We encouraged Londoners to give what they could during this food drive and we are very grateful for every donation — large and small — that came in,” said Jay Stanford, director of environment, fleet and solid waste. “Every pound of food donation collected and the fresh food that will come in later will help make a difference in London.”
In a media release, staff from the London Food Bank and City of London thanked their many corporate and media partners for their support and generosity to the food drive.