During our second annual McConville Omni Food Drive, staff collected over 500lbs of non-perishable food items and high-need hygiene products for the London Food Bank. Not to forget the fun stuff, staff collected over 100 toys for the Wawanesa Toy Drive that supports local families.
About the London Food Bank and St. Thomas Elgin Food Bank
In London and St. Thomas, the food banks act as essential community resources for those in need. Both are non-profit, charitable organizations with a mission to connect caring community members to individuals and families without adequate food resources. Each month, eligible recipients are supported with a supply of food and personal hygiene items. These services are delivered in cooperation with other food programs in the region.
An incredible amount of resources are required to serve those in need. Objectives for both organizations include accepting donations, inspecting and storing these items, and coordinating with other groups and agencies. These food banks help to address the complex problem of poverty in Canada and donations at Christmas-time support the organization during the low-donation period between Christmas and Easter.
McConville Omni's Support
The food drive runs for one quick week, but that week is filled with support and a little friendly competition! Teams in McConville Omni's London and St. Thomas offices participated in the "No Hunger November" food drive, where we asked staff to collect as many high-need items as possible. High-need items in 2019 include general and feminine hygiene products, peanut butter, healthy breakfast foods, baby food and supplies, and special dietary items (such as vegan, dairy or gluten free).
Teams collected a combined 500lbs of food and supplies! These 1,071 individual items included almost 25 jars of peanut butter, 80 packages of baby wipes, over 100 feminine hygiene products, 65 containers of baby food and 475 sanitary items including tooth brushes, toothpaste and deodorant.
Donated items were delivered with the kind support of Bayfield Moving. Thank you for your assistance in this important delivery!
We were also proud to support Wawanesa Canada's Toy Drive! Wawanesa is one of the insurance company's that we are proud to represent, and we were thrilled to support their holiday toy drive. Not only were broker in Ontario collecting donations, Wawanesa was the title sponsor of the Toys for Tots drive at the local OHL games (GO Knights GO!). McConville Omni staff and their families were kind enough to donate over 100 toys, that will be distributed to local families this Christmas season.
A heart-felt thank you goes out to Wawanesa, the London and St. Thoams Elgin Food Banks and the McConville Omni teams for their continued support, and their commitment to bettering the communities we serve.
“People from all over our community go to the London Food Bank for assistance in their time of need. I have been volunteering with the London Food Bank since 2012, as a general sorting and packing volunteer, running my own food drives and collecting donations for special events. Our food banks support so many people who have fallen on hard times. Food is at the very base of who we are and without it, we cannot be strong, contributing members of our society, our workplaces or our families.”
“Almost 100,000 people are supported by the food bank each year, with almost half using our services over 5 times. They're our neighbours, students, kids, seniors, unemployed, individuals struggling with mental illness, single moms (and dads) with kids, the homeless, and the thousands of working poor. In a very real sense they are us – Londoners.”