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The generosity of Londoners was seen on Tuesday as London Food Bank officials put together the final donations for their annual fall food drive.

The 32nd edition of the promotion, which began October 2 and ended Monday, was largely virtual as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, as was the case with the food bank’s Spring Food Drive.

And like with Spring Food Drive, neither the pandemic nor the virtual aspect stopped local residents from tuning in.

In total, the grocery bank collected £ 70,757 worth of groceries over the course of the 10-day campaign, said co-managing director Jane Roy.

That sum, which is higher than the nearly £ 66,000 raised last year, includes physical food donations as well as nearly $ 140,000 in monetary donations used to purchase food.

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According to Food Banks Canada, a $ 2.60 donation is the equivalent of a pound of food, which means the Food Drive cash donation is just over £ 53,000.

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“We are very pleased. It never really surprises us, but we are always really inspired by it … just the generosity of the Londoners, ”said Roy.

The Fall Food Drive comes months after more than £ 188,000 worth of groceries were collected during the Food Bank’s Spring Food Drive, twice the transport volume of the previous year.

The significant increase was due in part to some hefty corporate donations from Cargill, Innovata Foods and Tillsonburg Custom Food, which donated a total of £ 40,000 in chicken, meat and other groceries.

“When spring came and we didn’t know what to expect, we were overwhelmed by the generosity of the people. And so … when we gave the opportunity again, people came through. And they kept donating all summer, which was good, ”said Roy.

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“We saw that the … actual food donations have decreased, but now they’re starting to increase again. And from our point of view, both are amazing. Whether it’s money or food, whatever people prefer to donate, we can definitely use both. “

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Roy said the pound added during the spring and fall rides as well as the summer will help the grocery bank into the new year.

It comes, however, that the region continues to grapple with a second wave of the coronavirus and its ongoing economic and social impact. In August the London-St. The Thomas region had an unemployment rate of 9.3 percent.

The financial turmoil facing hundreds, if not thousands, of London families has spurred traffic to the food bank, Roy says.

Although the numbers fell as the upper levels of government put income support in place – from 3,500 to 2,300 families a month, Roy says – that number has crept up.

“What we’ve been slowly seeing over the past few months is a steady 10 percent increase (on visits),” said Roy.

“There were 2,600 families a month in September, and we’re already facing a busy October. I think 180 families came in on one of the days last week. “

And that’s only in the grocery bank. Roy notes that the food banks are also helping several other local agencies, whose demand has increased themselves.

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“You could probably add another thousand or two families a month that we are helping through other groups,” she said.

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As a result of the pandemic, the food bank can currently only let one person, possibly two, in at a time, which means other food bank visitors will have to wait outside.

While temperatures are mild now, the cold winter months are arriving quickly, which means outdoor lineups will soon be impractical.

According to Roy, the food bank is in the process of preparing winter plans for its warehouse operations to meet the community’s needs during what is expected to be a busy winter period.

“The help they have given us really helps us do more,” said Roy of the donations.

“It’s helping other agencies, it’s helping us get into the homeless lunch program for the pandemic. I think it’s really important that people know it makes a big difference.”

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