This year’s Thanksgiving campaign by the London Food Bank was a success story and, according to the organizers, brought in around 3,000 kilograms more food than last year.
For the second time this year, the food bank practically stopped its drive because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It was a good meal trip; People donated, ”said Jane Roy, Co-Managing Director of the Food Bank, at Thanksgiving Day, the official end of the campaign.
This year the trip collected the equivalent of 27,408 kilograms of food, including US $ 111,000 in donations. According to Food Banks Canada, $ 2.60 is the same as one pound (0.45 kilograms) of food.
“This year we asked for money, but food still came,” said Roy, adding that a lot of people give year-round. “People gave consistently and we did really well. People have been really generous. “
The money donated will be used to buy both groceries and gift cards, Roy said.
In September, the food bank saw the number of families in need of help up about 10 percent from the previous month. Around 2,600 families are currently actively using their services each month.
“The demand has increased. What we saw when the pandemic hit was the numbers go up and then when the CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit) and many of the income supports that have been going on (started) at all levels of government go down, we saw the numbers go down “, she said.
Roy said the virtual collection will end when the pandemic is over, but the food bank will continue to collect cash and groceries.
“Both have advantages and disadvantages. There’s real educational value when your kids shop and buy things for other people or do it themselves, ”said Roy. “There is obviously the ease and security of someone who gives us money. We deal with a lot of agencies that have specific needs and the money gives us that flexibility. “