Londoners provide generous boost to Curb Hunger Food Drive

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Londoners donated 47,025 lbs. of food in this year’s London Cares Curb Hunger Food Drive — an eight percent increase over 2016 totals.

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.

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London Cares looking for fresh food as curbside drive begins

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The 21st annual London Cares Curb Hunger Food Drive gets underway on Friday, June 9.

The annual London Cares initiative kicks off its 21st year on Friday, June 9 with a call for more donations of fresh foods.

Supporters of the London Cares Curb Hunger Food Drive have been generous over the last 20 years, donating 1,281,020 pounds of non-perishable donations to Canada’s longest running and most unique food drive.

Participation in the London Cares campaign is easy.

From June 9-17, Londoners can buy a few extra non-perishable food donations and leave them at their neighbourhood grocery store, bring items to their local fire station, or place their donations in a bag tied with a ribbon and set-out beside their Blue Box in the morning of their recycling day.

New this year is the option to sign up for the Plant a Row – Grow a Row program at www.londonfoodbank.ca. Gardeners are encouraged to plant a row of produce for the London Food Bank and donate it at harvest time.

“The need for food donations continues to grow each year. The 300 families a month we helped in 1986 — over 30 years ago — has grown tenfold to an average of 3,467 families per month in 2016,” said London Food Bank co-executive director Jane Roy. “In 2017, we continue the focus on increasing donations of fresh food. Growing an extra row in your garden this year is a great way to help those in London that need the extra help.”

The London Food Bank received 43,430 pounds of donations in 2016 from curbside collection, corporate donations, grocery store and fire station donation bins.

All food collected by the drive is donated to the London Food Bank. This is a necessary service for those who need a helping hand to get through difficult periods of their lives.

“There are still so many Londoners in need. Our community delivers year after year and I know 2017 will be no different,” said Mayor Matt Brown. “We know that a good meal is key to a good day at school or work. Please consider helping in any way you can.”

London Cares Curb Hunger Food Drive options include:

  • Grocery stores and fire stations — any time during business hours, June 9-17.
  • Curbside Collection:

Friday, June 9 — Zone B

Monday, June 12 — Zone C

Tuesday, June 13 — Zone D

Wednesday, June 14 — Zone E

Thursday, June 15 — Zone F

Friday, June 16 — Zone A

Saturday, June 17— donations still accepted at fire stations and local grocery stores