United Way Harvest lunch to go online on Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral

For the third year in a row, the 3M Harvest London Lunch will be an online event in support of United Way Elgin-Middlesex.

Plans have been made for the popular charity event to be held in person on September 19.

However, 3M Canada and United Way decided to move the event online after the federal government declared a national day of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II.

“The two organizations have agreed that it would be inappropriate to host the major public celebration that was planned for that day,” a statement read.

The London event will return to the online instant payment model that was tried in 2020 and 2021 due to the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Everyone who purchases a 3M Harvest lunch ticket purchased for $20 will still receive lunch from a local food truck, as well as lunch that will be served to a community member through a United Way partner agency.

The statement says that the postpaid model, “has provided more than 6,000 meals to neighbors in need through United Way agencies across our region over the past two years when we were unable to gather due to the pandemic.”

Thomas’ lunch on September 21 will remain in person.