The London and Area Food Bank has been helping people since 1986 and provided emergency food to an average of 3,611 families a month (or 9,400 individuals) last year! This represents an increase of 4.4 per cent.
The Food Bank isn't a handout, it's often represents a hand up. In fact, last year only two per cent of the families who came to the Food Bank used its services each month. In 2012, 37 per cent of families came only once in the year, and the majority of families came to the Food Bank only three or four times in a year. And of all those people who the Food Bank helps, 40.5 per cent are under the age of 17.
Donations to the London and Area Food Bank assist people throughout the community. The Food Bank helps support the work done by 25 other social agencies, including school breakfast programs, the Memorial Boys and Girls Supper Club, the Youth Action Centre and Glen Cairn Resource Centre's drop-in programs, and residential programs such as the Unity Project, Mission Services, and the Women's Community House.