London Drugs has been a long-time supporter of food banks across Alberta through various community initiatives such as Five Hole for Food. In 2014, the company made this its first formal commitment to a sustainable program supporting food banks in the province raising more than 147,000 pounds of food and products was shared with food banks. In 2015, London Drugs donated $461,000 of food products- a 20 percent increase from the previous year.
“We couldn’t be more thankful for this partnership with London Drugs,” said Stephanie Rigby, Executive Director of Food Banks Alberta.
Rigby says that despite the great economic growth and success in Alberta, hunger persists at staggering levels.
“Significant portions of our province’s population are vulnerable and face significant challenges. Food insecurity – not knowing where your next meal is coming from – has become a norm, not an exception,” said Rigby.
“London Drugs is proud to support Food Banks Alberta and help them meet their goal of alleviating hunger across Alberta,” said Kevin Sorby, General Manager – Retail Operations for London Drugs. “We operate stores within many of the communities where there is a member of the Food Banks Alberta, and it’s important for us to be able to contribute locally and help people in the communities we serve.”
In addition to the corporate donations from the company, Sorby also says the partnership will open up more ways for London Drugs’ customers to easily give.
“Our customers often ask how they can contribute when our company participates in seasonal campaigns such as Five Hole for Food or holiday hamper drives,” said Sorby. “This partnership is a catalyst for us to find new ways to enable our customers to easily support as well.”