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Posts tagged “Thanksgiving

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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