Food Bank Drive Finishes Strong

The London Food Bank’s latest drive fell short of its goal but organizers are thanking Londoners for a “strong” finish.

A total of 43,360 lbs of food was donated during 18th Annual London Cares Curb Hunger Food Drive that ended on Friday. Donations were put out curbside with recycling, at Tim Hortons and local grocery stores. The Food Bank got an unexpected cash donation of $3,300 from ticket sales from the first performance of The Memphis Jam at Aeolian Hall on the weekend.

Donations were low for the first half of the Food Drive, with just 16,000 lbs of food brought in by last Tuesday. Food Bank Co-Executive Director Glen Pearson notes there were plenty of distractions last week, including a provincial election and the verdict in Mayor Joe Fontana’s fraud trial.

“This has been one of busiest news cycles for London in recent years, with much to captivate the attention of local citizens. The Curb Hunger Food Drive had to fight for public attention during all these happenings and the result has been a lower donation level than hoped for. Nevertheless, the citizens of London have always responded once they realized the pressing need facing the London Food Bank and we’re sure that they will use opportunities next week to make their donations at the city’s main grocery stores. We’re thankful to live in the exciting community we do and for the fact that our citizens are so wonderfully generous both during the Curb Hunger Food Drive and throughout the year.”

Organizers note that over 18 years, drives for the London Food Bank have collected over 1,176,000 lbs.