Pandemic has extra London households grappling with meals safety points


London, Ontario. –

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, more and more people have sought help to support themselves and their families.

“Homelessness is increasing, rental prices are rising, the number of people who come to the table is rising, and food prices are rising,” said Glen Pearson, co-director of the London and Area Food Bank. “Everything has an impact.”

To feed the growing numbers, the food bank has partnered with the city’s municipal resource centers to help those in need.

“When the pandemic broke out, the number of people going to the resource centers soared,” said Jane Roy, co-director of the London and Area Food Bank. “Because of this, we really saw the need to partner with the resource centers.”

Northwest London Resource Center staff say the board on their side has really helped those they serve. In addition to food security, people in the centers also receive help in finding work or accommodation.

“When we help people with food, it’s more than just hunger, there’s a reason they’re here,” says Nancy Needham of the Northwest London Resource Center. “Yes, hunger is part of it, but we ask ‘what else is going on?’ ”

On Friday, the Tafel started their annual Thanksgiving Food Drive at the resource center and asked the community to donate again.

Non perishable food can be dropped off at most grocery stores, but people can donate money online as well.

Says the need has never been so great, Pearson adds, “We’ve made more changes this year than ever in our 35 years to bring the food out, and yet the numbers keep rising and I’m worried about it.”

To help or make a donation, you can visit the London Food Bank website.

Thanksgiving promotion runs through October 11th.