London Food Bank’s spring food drive goes virtual amid COVID-19 pandemic

The London Food Bank is doing something a little differently this year for the 33rd edition of its annual spring food drive.

In a bid to do its part to flatten the curve amid the COVID-19 pandemic, for the first time, this year’s food drive will be a partly virtual one, says Jane Roy, the food bank’s co-executive director.

“We’re not obviously putting bags in the paper. We’re not having volunteers out in the stores. And we’re not, in that sense, distributing bags,” Roy says.

There will be a virtual bag in your paper, and there will be virtual bags on the food bank website,” she said. “If you have the availability and the means to be able to donate, donate a virtual bag of groceries, as in, donate some money.

“$25 will help a single individual. $100 will help a family.”

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There will still be traditional ways of helping the spring food drive, including through grocery store bins. The food bank received clearance from the Middlesex-London Health Unit to collect the food, Roy said.

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