Business Cares Food Drive says #HumbugToHunger

Like the new and improved Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Business Cares Food Drive 2017 is urging generous Londoners to “keep Christmas well.”

The Business Cares Food Drive begins at Western University on Friday. Setting the tone for the 18th annual Business Cares campaign will be songs from A Christmas Carol, performed by students who are part of the High School Project at the Grand Theatre. (The Grand’s A Christmas Carol runs until Dec. 30, and patrons there will also be encouraged to say #HumbugToHunger by donating to the food drive after each show.)

Business Cares supports the London and Area Food Bank, which provides emergency food items for almost 3,500 families each month — 38 per cent of them children. In 2016, more than 41,000 hampers were distributed to 24,500 different Londoners.

The campaign’s goal is to exceed last year’s collection total of 325,500 pounds (more than 147.6 tonnes).

“There are many reasons individuals and families need the services of the London and Area Food Bank. Most people use the food bank only as a last resort,” said Wayne Dunn, Business Cares Campaign Chair. “We so appreciate Londoners’ generosity each year and our partnerships that include Western University.

“Together, we hope we can work together towards healthy communities, and make hunger one of the Ghosts of Christmas Past,” he said.

WHAT: Launch of Business Cares Food Drive, 2017
WHO: Wayne Dunn, Business Cares Campaign Chair
Scott May, Western’s Campus Communications Specialist
WHEN: Friday, December 1 at 10 a.m., London Hall Residence
WHERE: Western University, London Hall (located on the east side of Western Road, south of Sarnia Road)
For more: www.businesscares.ca

MEDIA CONTACTS: Debora Van Brenk, Media Relations Officer, 519-661-2111, ext. 85165, deb.vanbrenk@uwo.ca
Wayne Dunn, Chair Business Cares Food Drive 519-661-9803 – waynedunn00@gmail.com