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Food Insecure Canada

Posted on October 5, 2016

IT’S THANKSGIVING WEEK AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY food banks will be holding special food drives to help stock their supplies. For most, the challenges are high. At the London Food Bank, for instance, the demand has gone up 12% over the first eight months of this year over the same time last year. Many of the food banks are seeing their donations in both money and food decline in recent years, even as demand remains high. All this just means that food security all across Canada remain a precarious thing. Canadians should have access to enough nutritious and safe food to ensure a healthy lifestyle. More than that, they should also be assured of a secure food system that gets quality and affordable food…

Food Bank Myths

Posted on April 2, 2015

FOOD BANKS ACROSS CANADA HAVE BEEN with us for some three decades now, and despite the fact that they have been highly public and faithfully supported, assumptions continue to be made about both food banks and their clients. Here are some common misconceptions. Food Banks have a high rate of dependency That’s not what the statistics reveal. In the London Food Bank, for example, 40% of our clients came only once a year, and 75% came four times a year or less. According to the Ontario Association of Food Banks, close to half of the people assisted in 2013 at food banks were there for the first time, while an equivalent number stopped using food banks. Food banks are still primarily used for emergency…

When the Past Can’t Escape the Present

Posted on March 26, 2015

TODAY THE LONDON FOOD BANK LAUNCHES its 29th Spring Food Drive amid growing doubts concerning this country’s resolve to take poverty, and those mired within it, seriously. Dr. Jason Gilliland, professor from Western University will report at the press conference that poverty and hunger have now become entrenched, not only in our city, but in numerous communities across the country. This is a difficult spot to arrive at for Canadians, for it effectively moves poverty from being a serious issue to tackle to a permanent class of individuals and families. Effectively, we appear to be coming to an end of what American author E. J. Dionne Jr. calls “the Long Consensus” –  an era where governments from all jurisdictions legally came together to join…

A Better Way

Posted on January 9, 2015

FOR A NUMBER OF MONTHS NOW we at the London Food Bank have been holding sessions with various community leaders and those requiring our services to see if there was another way of undertaking our food bank operations, a way that could permit those 3600 families coming to the food bank each month to find quality food supplies closer to the neighbourhoods in which they lived. What we heard inspired us. Time again we heard people wondering why food bank families couldn’t acquire their groceries where most Londoners went – grocery stores themselves. We have spent months now endeavouring to find ways to bring that about, without numerous individuals and groups in the city cooperating with us in the pursuit of a new model.…

That Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal Thing

Posted on April 10, 2014

Today is our “BHAG” day, and, if successful, it could play its own small part in helping our city of London, Ontario to claim its own future.  And if it doesn’t succeed as we had wished, it will still represent a real desire in our community to redefine itself along more equitable principles. The term “Big Hair Audacious Goal” (BHAG) first appeared in the 1994 book, Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies, written by James Collins and Jerry Porras.  Its premise was to dream big, go for the gold, in ways that would assure long-lasting profits and success. We at the London Food Bank are attempting to turn that on its head.  Yes, we have a plan – a huge one –…

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