Weathering the Elements for A Rousing Kick-Off to the Business Cares Food Drive

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It was a hectic opening weekend for the 20th Business Cares Food Drive. And though Mother Nature conspired to make it a bit more challenging, no amount of cold or rain could dampen the generous spirits of Londoners throughout the Forest City, as donations for Grocery Store Weekend exceeded 115,000 pounds worth of food and cash!

Following a rollicking campaign kick-off at Western on Friday morning, as well as the always popular Be a Fan, Bring a Can, and Supercalifragelisticexpiali-DONATE nights with the London Knights and Grand Theatre, respectively, Londoners came out in droves to the 26 grocery stores throughout the Forest City that chose to support Business Cares and the London Food Bank this year.

No matter where you went across London, you saw enthusiastic volunteers from businesses throughout the community. And Londoners responded by opening their hearts and wallets to support the cause. 

That 115,000 pounds worth of food and cash donations represents a slight decrease from last year’s Grocery Store weekend totals of 128,000 pounds worth -- but considering how bitterly cold it was on Saturday and how the freezing rain on Sunday kept the crowds away, this number shows just how much Londoners care and were willing to brave the elements.

And we know we’ll catch up to last year, with a number of events, activities, and businesses collecting food and donations in their workplaces. 

For everyone who supported the cause through the cold and the rain, we want to extend our warmest thanks and appreciation for your generosity. And if you’re interested in supporting the campaign -- which wraps up on Dec. 20, 2019 -- you can register your business, sign up as a volunteer, or donate directly to the campaign. By registering your business, you let us know that you’re collecting donations -- and we’ll come by and pick them up for you! 

Thank you again and we appreciate your continued support.

Food collected from the Grocery Store Weekend.