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A December Like No Other

Posted on January 6, 2018

Signs that Christmas 2017 were going to be different began in September when we had three remarkable exploratory meetings. CBC Radio London confirmed for us that they wished to organize a “Sounds of the Season” for December as a way of generating community support for the London Food Bank as well as exploring the issue of poverty in the city. Business Cares – a city-wide initiative that has been running for over years and brings London businesses together in a coordinated effort to raise funds and food for the London Food Bank – held preparation meetings, appointed a working committee, and began working out how the hectic holiday season would look when it came to donation time. The London Food Bank was invited to…

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…

Why Do We Give?

Posted on November 12, 2013

This past weekend’s activities, along with speaking with some Afghanistan veterans during yesterday’s Remembrance Day activities, put me in a philosophical mood. Seeing so many citizens put their best foot forward caused me to ask, “Why do people give so generously?” Lots of theories popped into my mind, but still, the act of sacrificing something you own for someone else is perhaps the most noble trait resident within the human race.  Some give in order to get something in return (recognition or favour), while others donate through a kind of enlightened self-interest.  Still others give because there is a personal connection to some ultimate cause. And then you volunteer for the London Food Bank in the Santa Claus parade and you witness another dimension…

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…

More Than Turkey

Posted on October 10, 2011

Most of us have lots to be thankful for, but for those families facing a shortage of food supplies it remains a little tougher. That’s what the Gobbler Gallop is all about. Started 8 years ago by Barry Smith of the Running Room in London, Ontario, the special run has benefitted the food bank each year at this time. It’s a family event, geared towards getting kids interested in helping those struggling to make ends meet. And it works. Each year families run together and when they’re done they get some special prizes and get to hear what the food bank is about. Events like this are likely going on all across the country because Thanksgiving brings it out of us. We’re still a…

  

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