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The result was a program where the facility’s culinary team, with the support of the London Food Bank and in partnership with a number of community organizations such as 519Pursuit, began making meals that get straight into the hands of those who need them most.
What started out as serving around 50 to 75 lunches a day quickly grew into 21,000 meals as the year progressed and was delivered seven days a week.
“They were all picked up at our loading dock by our amazing team of volunteers who literally walked or bike to the communities and organizations that needed support,” said Da Silva. “Not this program
has only allowed us to keep people busy but really help the community. It doesn’t get much better than that. “
A desire to reach those in need is shared by the Grand Theater, whose Christmas dinner has consistently raised much-needed funding for the London Food Bank over the years. This time, however, the team had to take on the task in a whole new way.
On December 22nd, over 3,000 spectators had the opportunity to immerse themselves in Comfort and Joy, a 45-minute virtual celebration of songs, stories, music and dance. While the show itself was offered for free, it raised $ 21,450 in voluntary donations to the food bank.
According to Executive Director Deb Harvey, the production made for a really uplifting evening.
“Kudos to the people for watching and contributing so generously and giving us such great and positive feedback,” she said, adding that those who tuned in got not only a touch of vacation joy, but one too Look in the direction in which the theater is moving – the future. “When we reopen on the stories, we are determined to make sure they are inclusive and diverse. We are so proud to be able to do something special this season despite all the adversities and to make a difference. “