The annual Thanksgiving Meals Drive begins on the London Meals Financial institution

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When the London Food Bank launched its 34th annual Thanksgiving food drive, the need seemed greater than ever.

“The last three months have been the busiest in our history,” says Jane Roy, Co-Executive Director of the London Food Bank. “We’re seeing more and more people using the board for the first time.”

According to Glen Pearson, co-executive director of the London Food Bank, the need isn’t just in London, Ontario, but across Canada.

“At Food Banks Canada, numbers are up 50 percent nationwide. We’re up 32 percent locally, and that’s staggering,” says Pearson.

Food donations can be made at most London grocery stores or dropped off at any London fire hall.

“We are aware that many people have problems. So if they can’t donate, we understand, but if they can, that helps a lot,” Roy adds.

Monetary donations can be made online.