Taking care of business means taking care of people. And this year, Londoners have overwhelmingly shown the depth of their compassion and generosity, shattering the previous record with a 34 per cent increase of donations for the Business Cares Food Drive, which concluded today with its Day of Giving.
In total, 435,400 pounds of food (combined food and cash donations) were collected – an increase of 34 per cent over last year’s total of 325,500.
“It would be an understatement to say we’re thrilled with this year’s results,” said Wayne Dunn, Business Cares’ campaign chair. “We’re both overwhelmed and humbled by the generosity of the people in London. We’ve had incredible support from businesses, employees, and the community at large.
“This campaign is truly making a difference in the lives of many people – and it’s all due to the willingness of the community to open their hearts and support the London Food Bank.”
Dunn added that much of the increase in collected food is due to the increased involvement of businesses and their employees in the community.
“This year we added seven new grocery stores to our Grocery Store weekend, which made an incredible difference,” he said. “We also had a number of new partners join the drive who wonderfully complemented our existing support base.”
Dunn explained that in excess of 500 companies registered to participate in the Business Cares Food Drive this year.
“I always say that we’d be happy with anything that we receive,” said Jane Roy, co-chair of the London Food Bank. “And while that is absolutely true, I would be remiss in not acknowledging the incredible generosity of the London community. In addition to those who come to the Food Bank, we also support a number of organizations and service that make a difference in the community, and we can only do that thanks to the support of Londoners.”