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Cheers For Fears

Posted on April 15, 2014

PARDON THE CHANGE OF WORDING REGARDING the famous new wave band Tears for Fears, but somehow it seemed suitable over these past few days. Last week was like few others for those of us associated with the London Food Bank.  Following 28 years of service to our community, we decided the time was right to consider a new way of doing things, of helping those we traditionally assist to find a more dignified way of getting food than lining up at a food bank. We had known this key moment would be coming for the past couple of years, but now that it had arrived we wondered how our community would react.  Some of it we already knew, through detailed discussions over the last…

A Christmas Carol Revisited

Posted on December 18, 2013

Below is my Huffington Post piece published yesterday on London’s Kellogg’s employees and their remarkable ability to assist an entire city in recapturing Christmas meaning. Glen Pearson Director, London Food Bank, former Member of Parliament A True Christmas Miracle in London, Ontario Posted: 12/17/2013 5:32 pm My hometown of London, Ontario is currently reliving its own version of A Christmas Carol. The announcement last week of the shutting down of the Kellogg’s plant in London, and the increasing pressure from modern capitalism to reduce wages and break unions, has left us as a city reeling and hoping to find better times. We are just like many other communities in this country, as we watch wealth inevitably pull away from us. Charles Dickens made his name situating the character…

One More Time, With Meaning

Posted on October 4, 2013

Today it is.  The London Food Bank launches its 25th annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, running from today, October 4th right through to Thanksgiving Monday, October 14th.  Every year, some in the media ask us to do something new and different to draw attention to the challenge we face as a food bank.  We always take a pass on that challenge because in our view 3600 families a month coming to us directly for assistance is not only a significant news story but a deep challenge to our community as well. And we’re not alone in that challenge.  Consider this: 412,998 individuals accessed Ontario food banks in March 2012 38.7% of food bank users, or 159,918 individuals, were children (11,737 more children than in March…

On Being Seen

Posted on January 30, 2012

“Will we be seen, by others I mean?” I looked by at the man who had just asked the question, detecting the veiled fear in his gaze. He is one of the workers locked out of the ElectroMotive plant in London and worry over his family’s future grows with each passing day. It was actually his wife who had phoned me, asking if I would meet the two of them at a small restaurant near the plant itself. She had been pressing her husband to make that call for days, but when he just couldn’t do it she took the initiative for the sake of their two kids. They wanted to talk about how they would access the food bank because that time was…

Christmas From Those Who Live It

Posted on December 25, 2011

How do you describe a week in which thousands of Londoners pulled together and donated to the London Food Bank in numbers we hadn’t seen before? Jane and I thought it might be best to let some of our volunteers speak for themselves, their wishes and Christmas and their compassion for those who feel marginalized. What they describe is what we all feel, especially in troubled economic times. To all of you, a deep and abiding Christmas spirit all the year through. Thank you for your friendship and support, and above all for your belief in this country and what citizens can do.

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