For nearly 2 decades, the Business Cares Food Drive has been fighting hunger in the Forest City. The 17th annual drive kicked off yesterday, and the three week campaign is hoping to surpass last year’s total of more than 307 thousand pounds of food.
Almost every item they receive goes directly to the London area Food Bank, which supports roughly 3,500 families or 9,000 people a year. On average, most recipients use the food bank 3-4 times a year, and 35% of them are under the age of 17. Since last year, there’s been a 12.5% increase in the usage of the Food Bank, so community help has become that much more important.
Wayne Dunn, the Business Cares Campaign Chair, says that while every donation is appreciated, and everything gets used, the healthier the food the better. A few items he hopes Londoners are able to provide are low-salt products, canned fruits/vegetables, whole wheat pasta, and anything with nutritional value.
For those unable to donate food, the Business Cares Food Drive is also accepting financial donations to help the less fortunate.