As of Monday, the London Food Bank had collected 25,839 kilograms of food during its spring drive.
At the same time last year, the agency that helps needy Londoners had gathered 26,147 kg, about one per cent more by weight -writes lfpress.com
“This number tells me people are aware and continue to be generous,” said co-executive director Jane Roy. “It just tells me that people continue to think about their neighbour. Londoners giving is not a surprise.”
The final tally will come Wednesday. Some Londoners who held their own drives won’t hand in their donations until Tuesday.
“Their generosity continues to be inspiring,” Roy said of the Londoners who donate groceries to the food bank.
And because the drive coincides with Easter, does that mean Roy’s facility will get donations of chocolate bunnies at this time of year? “Yeah, of course we do,” she said, adding donors often give a seasonal treat to augment, but not replace, the food they hand over.
Roy said the number of people using the food bank services indicate that once families fall through the cracks, they tend to stay there.
“We haven’t seen a decrease (in demand) and we haven’t seen an increase,” she said of the consistent need in the Forest City for help.
Their generosity continues to be inspiring
There are four major drives that benefit the food bank: the spring drive, Curb Hunger in the summer, the fall drive (which coincides with Thanksgiving) and the Business Cares drive in December.
“This food that comes in (during the spring operation) is what really helps us to get through to the summertime,” she said. Curb Hunger runs from June 1 to 9 this year.
Roy said that her sense of the economy is that more city residents are now living from job contract to job contract. “Now it’s more about people who are in more precarious work,” she said of the food bank’s clients.
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