Londoners answered the call and proved once again that taking care of business means taking care of people, as the Business Cares Food Drive collected a record 476,000 pounds worth of food and cash donations for this year's campaign.
The 2019 Food Drive -- the 20th annual campaign -- concluded today with its day of giving and the 476,000 pounds represents a 7.4 per cent increase over last year's record total of 443,000.
“The generosity of the people and businesses in London never ceases to amaze me,” said Wayne Dunn, Business Cares’ campaign chair. “Early in the campaign, we were worried that we weren’t going to be able to meet our goal – the weather really conspired against us during Grocery Store weekend and it set us a back a bit.
“But this campaign is more of a marathon than a sprint. And we were humbled to see Londoners from all walks of life running along side of us. Together we were able to reach our goal."
Over 300 companies registered to participate in this year's campaign. The donations go to assist the London Food Bank and the over 25 agencies that it, in turn, supports.
"I know the campaign was worried about reaching its goal, but I always say that we’d be happy with anything that we receive,” explained Jane Roy, co-chair of the London Food Bank. “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.
“We are truly honoured and grateful to the people of London for helping us make a positive difference in so many lives.
Photos from today's Day of Giving are available on the Business Cares Facebook page.