The London Food Bank is celebrating a record-breaking Thanksgiving food drive thanks to the community’s generosity.
During the 10-day drive, Londoners raised 71,225 lbs of food, or 32,375 kg, a number that combined food and cash donations. The total broke last year’s record by nearly 2,000 lbs.
“It was surprising, beautiful and very encouraging,” said Glen Pearson, the co-director of the London Food Bank.
“We went into the drive expecting we’d get a bit lower than last year because last year was a special COVID year … and people donated so much that we ended up with 2,000 lbs more than we did the year before. Now they’ve reached that record again and taken it even further.”
Person said the increase in donations is remarkable given the higher cost of groceries during the pandemic.
The cost hike has also prompted a greater need from London families, with a 21 per cent increase in people accessing the food bank, Pearson said.
The food bank serves around 3,500 families a month, which Pearson said comes out to about 8,000 people. Additionally, the food bank helps agencies who provide food services.
“When you add them all to it, it’s about 20,000 Londoners, so it’s a lot and we depend on Londoners to help us to get there and they have,” he said.
While the Thanksgiving drive has officially wrapped up, Pearson said people can continue to donate this week. The amount donated will be added to the final tally.