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The London Cares Curb Hunger Food Drive raised almost 35,000 kilograms of food and equivalent cash donations, an amount just short of the 2021 campaign total.

Rev Kevin George and Jay Stanford of City Hall are shown in one of three greenhouses growing produce for the London Food Bank at St Aidan’s Anglican Church in London on Wednesday June 8, 2022. (Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press)

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The London Cares Curb Hunger Food Drive raised almost 35,000 kilograms of food and equivalent cash donations, an amount just short of the 2021 campaign total.

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Between 8th and 18th June, the London Food Bank collected around 34,835kg of food and cash equivalent, with even more produce expected from the ‘Grow-a-Row’ and ‘Adopt a Plot’ initiatives for gardeners.

“The food campaign is evolving with an important focus on fresh food distribution with the help of Londoners who grow food in local greenhouses, community gardens and in their own backyards for the food bank,” said Glen Pearson, co-executive director of the food bank, in a Expression.

“We encourage Londoners to continue to grow and harvest fresh produce to donate through the Grow-a-Row scheme this summer to continue the local impact of the food drive.”

Of the 34,835 kilograms of food and donations collected during the 10-day drive, approximately 5,300 kilograms were donated to local fire departments and grocery stores, and 10,200 kilograms were corporate donations.

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The campaign raised $66,640 in financial donations, a sum equivalent to approximately 11,600 kilograms of food. The dollar to pound exchange rate is standardized and set by Food Banks Canada, the national umbrella organization for food banks across the country.

Last year’s London Cares Curb Hunger food campaign raised approximately 38,360 kilograms of food and cash equivalents.

The annual campaign, now in its 26th year, raises the London Food Bank’s public profile and its need for support during the summer months when donations normally dwindle.

The Curb Hunger campaign supports more than 25,000 people.

“Londoners continue to show compassion and support for their neighbors in need by donating to the London Food Bank,” Mayor Ed Holder said in a statement. “Thank you to everyone who has donated online, donated at the grocery store and grow food in local gardens to donate. This incredible generosity from residents, corporate donors and community partners helps bring local and nutritious food to many families year after year.”