£ 63,500 value of meals collected in 2020. London Cares Curb Starvation Drive – London

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Two months after Londoners donated nearly £ 190,000 of food and money to the spring food drive, the London Food Bank is again commending local generosity amid the coronavirus pandemic after the annual London Cares Curb hunger campaign recently concluded.

The 24th edition of the campaign, conducted in partnership with the city, ran June 3-13 and raised more than £ 63,000 worth of food, said Jane Roy, co-executive director of the Food Bank, on Tuesday.

The list includes physical food donations made in grocery stores across town and at the grocery bank, as well as monetary donations used to purchase groceries.

A donation of $ 2.60 is roughly the equivalent of a pound of groceries, according to Food Banks Canada.

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“Of the actual food, nearly 40,000 pounds of food was actually donated and nearly $ 68,000 was donated,” said Roy. “When you put those two things together, it totaled nearly 63,500 pounds of food, which was amazing.”

For comparison, last year a total of 48,200 pounds of food was collected.

All donations raised benefit the more than 3,000 families per month who have access to the food bank, as well as the more than 20 agencies and programs that the food bank supports.

As a result of the novel coronavirus, this year’s edition of the campaign was more virtual and, unlike in previous years, residents were unable to donate to fire stations.





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The “curb” part, where donations stay on the roadside, has also been discontinued, but not due to the pandemic, according to the city.

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“Due to the gradual decline in the use of the curb section, this option should not be used in 2020,” the city website says.

“It’s gotten more and more of it,” said Roy. “But even more than that, this drive has focused more and more on fresh food. That is what this drive was all about. “

An example of this focus was the continuation of the food bank’s Plant a Row, Grow a Row initiative, which allows local gardeners to sign up and grow an additional range of products for the donation.

It comes that many Londoners stuck at home because of the pandemic have taken to gardening to keep busy or to pass the time.

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However, according to Roy, reminding Londoners of the importance of donating fresh produce and produce is only one aspect of the campaign.

“The other thing is to remind people that poverty doesn’t need a summer vacation… It’s the people who fight, they fight all year round. That drive is really important for that, ”she said.

While needs at the food bank are currently falling, the numbers are expected to rise again in the fall after the government’s pandemic relief programs end. How much remains an open question.

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“We know they’ll go up, but we’re not sure how far they’ll go,” said Roy.

The number of visits to @ LondonFoodBank1 has declined during this time of COVID-19 – a situation that we expect will change dramatically once government incentives end. As the data shows, people are still only using the food bank as an emergency measure. Please help. @ LdnOnt pic.twitter.com/3SYcWyf9Kw

– Glen Pearson (@GlenPearson) June 12, 2020

The London Cares Curb Hunger Campaign was originally launched to keep grocery bank shelves stocked during the summer months when food-collecting campaigns pause.

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Roy says the amount raised during this year’s Curb campaign should help the Food Bank this fall.

“Every time we say that’s the need, that’s what’s out there, the Londoners get through. We are very grateful for that too. “

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– With files from Sawyer Bogdan

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