The Western Cares Food Drive, in conjunction with the city-wide Business Cares Food Drive in support of the London and Area Food Bank, launched today. This year the campus drive will run from Monday, Dec. 1 to Monday, Dec. 15, 2014.
There many reasons individuals and families access the services of the London and Area Food Bank. Most people only use the food bank as a last resort. In fact, in 2013, 32% of families came to the food bank only once in the year for help.
Thanks to your support, last year Western and its affiliate university colleges combined with a wide variety of local organizations and businesses to collect a record 281,000 lb. of food.
We'd like to beat that this year and your support will be more important than ever. The London and Area Food Bank provides emergency food items for 3,870 families monthly - 42% of them children - and more than 30 other social service agencies in the London area. Usage of the food bank has increased nearly 2% from last year.
Please consider bringing in food donations into work to support this food drive. The Donation box and/or shopping cart will be located in the Faculty of Education's front lobby each day from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.