London Cares Curbside Food Drive

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The London Cares Curbside Food Drive begins this Friday, June 5th and runs until June 13. This is our chance as a community to pitch in and restock the London Food Bank with enough perishable food to get Londoners through the summer months. Though many are eager to give at the holiday times throughout the year, the warmer months when people get busy with vacations and having fun are a time when the shelves need to stay filled.

WAYS TO HELP

Make a donation at the curb: put a bag of non-perishable items beside your blue bins on your regularly scheduled recycling pick up date.

Place donations in the bins at the front of your neighbourhood grocery store.

Bring your donations to any Tim Horton’s locations during the donation period.

WHAT TO DONATE

Please check the expiration dates on all products before donating. Expired items cannot be used by the Food Bank. All donations are welcome, however these are the Food Banks most needed items:

  • Canned fruit
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned meat & fish
  • Peanut butter
  • Baby food & formula
  • Pasta & pasta sauces
  • Rice
  • Special diet foods (gluten free, lactose free, etc.)

PERISHABLE ITEMS

Perishable items (fresh fruits, vegetables, and commercially baked goods) cannot be collected at any of the above locations, but can be brought directly to the London Food Bank at 926 Leathorne Street.

 

Plant a Row, Grow a Row

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Gardeners, green-thumbs, and wannabes, as you are planning and/or planting your summer garden this weekend, consider London’s Plant a Row, Grow a Row Campaign. Founded in 2012 this program encourages you to plant a little bit extra in your garden and to donate that extra produce to the London Food Bank.

DID YOU KNOW?

The London Food Bank is able to easily collect and distribute non-perishables, but low income individuals/families also need the most important part of our diet: fresh fruit and vegetables. While you can imagine the obvious trouble with collecting such items in a drop off bin at a grocery store, they are able to collect and distribute fresh produce when it is brought directly to them.

PLANT A ROW, GROW A ROW

This time of year is the absolute easiest way to contribute to your London Food Bank by making space in your kitchen garden for a bit more produce. Did you grow more zucchini than you can handle? Decide kale is just not your thing? Have more tomatoes than you can can? Rhubarb running wild? Had enough beets for one season? Bring your excess to the London Food Bank! Either make the conscious decision to over-plant or just bring them whatever you don’t want. Pick it at it’s prime and get it to the Food Bank ASAP.

SEEDS

If altruism isn’t motivation enough to get on board with this, Plant a Row, Grow a Row has received a whole lot of seeds to give to you at no cost! Bush beans, pole beans, leaf lettuce, spinach, summer squash, cucumber, kale and beets are available for your garden. Just plant, grow, keep what you want and donate the rest back. See Facebook for more information.

 

 

 

Spring Food Drive

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Every spring, the London Food Bank looks to Londoners to step up their game and make a conscious effort do donate to the food bank. The Spring Food Drive officially begins today and runs until Monday, April 6. the demand for help at the Food Bank has increased over the past few years and even hit a new single day record high last month of 296 families asking for support. If it’s within your abilities, consider donating. Get your children involved and have that discussion about poverty with them, let them pick out some of their favourite non-perishable foods at the grocery store to donate, and have them put the food in the donation bins. Talk to them about why donating is important for you and for our community.

WHERE TO DONATE:

Most London grocery stores are collecting non-perishable food items for the Food Bank

London Fire Halls

London Food Bank

WHAT TO DONATE:

CASH – make a cash donation to the London Food Bank HERE.

Canned Fruit

Canned Vegetables

Canned Meat and Fish

Peanut Butter

Baby Food and Formula

Pasta and Pasta Sauces

Rice

Special Diet Foods (gluten free, lactose free, etc.)

Feminine Hygiene Products (tampons, maxi pads, etc.)

DO NOT DONATE:

Perishable food items (i.e. fresh food, bread, fruit, vegetables, milk, dairy, frozen food, commercial baked goods etc.) ** Fruits and vegetables CAN be brought directly to the Food Bank, but NOT placed in donation bins

Expired food items (check the date when you’re clearing out your pantry!)

Homemade food

Opened containers

Unlabeled cans or containers

 

If you need help from the London Food Bank, see HERE.