In-person London 3M Harvest Lunch cancelled Sept. 19

In consultation with presenting sponsor 3M Canada, United Way has cancelled the in-person component of London’s annual 3M Harvest Lunch event due to government announcements that September 19 will be a Day of Mourning acknowledging Queen Elizabeth’s passing.

Both organizations agreed it would be inappropriate to host the large public celebration that had been planned for that day.

Instead, the London event will pivot back to the “pay-it-forward” model that successfully delivered over 6,000 meals to neighbours in need through United Way agencies across our region these past two years when we haven’t been able to gather because of the pandemic.

The live and in-person St. Thomas Elgin 3M Harvest Lunch on Sept 22 will proceed as planned and become the official launch date for the United Way 2022 Campaign. Tickets are still available.

People who have already bought tickets to the London event will receive an income tax receipt for the full amount of their purchase, and their generous donation will now buy TWO meals for Neighbours in Need. And while there will be no in-person London event, people can still buy tickets to “pay it forward” by gifting lunch to participants at United Way funded partners.

Tickets are still available for the in-person St. Thomas 3M Harvest Lunch & United Way Campaign Launch on Sept. 22 at Horton Farmers’ Market featuring live entertainment and a range of local food-truck menu items for 300 people.

“Monday’s planned in-person component of 3M Harvest Lunch is cancelled in London, but the impact of providing meals for our neighbours in need continues thanks to the generosity of 3M Canada, sponsors, and donors,” said Kelly Ziegner, President & CEO, United Way Elgin Middlesex. “We look forward to reuniting in person and launching our Campaign for the entire region on September 22 in St. Thomas.”

United Way is grateful to all ticket-buyers, sponsors, workplaces and partners for their support and understanding.

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