Food Drive 2017
Business Cares Food Drive launches at Western
London's Business Cares Food Drive kicked off at Western in London Hall on Dec. 1. Members of the Grand Theatre's High School Project helped launch this campaign to support those in need in our community. This city-wide food drive surpassed last year's total, collecting an amazing 325,500 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 3,430 families per month with emergency food. There has been a 9% increase in the number of seniors seeking help. 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 2016, 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. 38% 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. It is also important to note that only an emergency supply of groceries is given to those that need it - a family of four receives around $100 worth of food items during one visit.
In addition to those who support the campaign with their donations a big word of thanks goes to the Building Captains around campus who promote the food drive in their areas.