Western Cares Food Drive gears up for 2016 Food Drive
Business Cares Food Drive launches at Western
London's Business Cares Food Drive kicked off at Western in London Hall on Dec. 1 with a message that you don't have to be a superhero to support those in need in our community. This city-wide food drive surpassed last year's total, collecting an amazing 307,800 lbs of food raised to help support those in need in our community. Western supports the food drive through the Western Cares Food Drive and contributed several thousand pounds of donations. The Western Cares Food Drive will run until Dec. 19. Thank you to all our Building Captains and Facilties Management for their support in helping this year's campaign.
Why your Western Cares Food Drive support is needed:
The London and Area Food Bank supports over 3,528 families per month with emergency food. This represents a 12.4% increase over the same period last year. Last year the Business Cares Food Drive contributed over 307, 000 lbs. of food during the December campaign. Since 2004 the Food Bank has had a 53.1% increase in demand for support, meaning your support is critically important.
Most people use the food bank as a last resort. In fact, in 2014, 35% of families came to the food bank only once in the year for help. The majority of families came to the food bank 3 - 4 times a year. Less than 2% came each month. 36% of all individuals the food bank helps are children and youth under the age of 17. The London and Area Food Bank also helps 25 other agencies like the Unity Project, Mission Services and Women's Community House.