Early spring food drive totals are ‘inspiring’: food bank

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London Food Bank’s spring drive has collected over 9,000 kilograms of food since its launch last week.

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The annual drive had collected 9,011 kilograms of food and cash equivalents on Monday, down slightly from 9,064 kilograms at the same time last year, said food bank co-director Jane Roy, who called the generosity of donors “inspiring”.

“It’s no surprise, as Londoners have always been incredibly generous whenever we’ve made the call,” she said of the latest count.

“People are coming together to help their neighbours. It’s always very encouraging for us.

Sixty percent of the donations to the spring food drive, which began Friday and will continue until April 18, are distributed to other organizations and networks in the region.

The campaign gives the food bank and the agencies it supports a much-needed boost as Christmas and Thanksgiving season donations dwindle and community needs continue, Roy said.

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Last month was the second busiest month on record for the food bank. The agency helped 3,771 families, including 10,275 people, in March, a total just behind its January 2014 record when the food bank helped 3,870 families.

London Food Bank Spring Food Drive

When: April 8-18

Donations: Food donations are accepted at major grocery stores, but not at London Fire Stations. Financial contributions can be made online at www.londonfoodbank.ca

Dietary requirements: Non-perishable foods include peanut butter, rice, baby formula, soup, canned tomatoes without added salt, juice, canned meat and fish, pasta and pasta sauce, milk powder, healthy cereals and crackers.

Non-food wish list: Items such as diapers, toothpaste, toilet paper and detergent