Annual Events

Annual Food Sort Challenge

Excited for this year’s Food Sort Challenge?  We are too!

The Food Sort Challenge is a fast-paced corporate and community challenge, where teams of ten compete head-to-head to see who can sort food the fastest! This event is a great team builder and we hope to attract over 50 teams from across business sectors and the community.

Incredible prizes are awarded to the fastest team as well as the top fundraisers, and the most spirited team. Besides bragging rights and awesome prizes, the fastest team of the day will receive a trophy! Who doesn’t like trophies?

This year the Food Sort Challenge will be bigger and crazier than ever before!

Tenant-Landlord Spring Hope Food Drive

Each year, landlords from across the city ask the tenants in their residences to donate non-perishable food items to the Ottawa Food Bank.

If you’re a landlord, we need your help next April.

Food Aid BBQ

Since meat is so expensive, it can be difficult for struggling families to get enough of it in their diets. With our Food Aid program, we raise money to buy cows that we can process locally, freeze, and distribute to our member agencies to give to people in need.

To raise money for our Food Aid program, we hold an annual BBQ. After all, what better way to raise money for a program that supplies beef to those in need than by selling burgers from The Works?

Thanks for Giving Food Drive

Amazing Ottawa Food Bank volunteers set up in grocery stores across the city to encourage shoppers to donate to the Ottawa Food Bank to help restock shelves as we prepare for the cold months ahead.

This food drive usually take place during the Thanksgiving weekend.

Holiday Food Drive

It is hard enough to not be able to provide gifts to your loved ones at this time of year. But not being able to provide food either is heartbreaking! That’s why, each November, we call on YOU and challenge workplaces and groups across Ottawa to collect funds and non-perishable food for families in need, as part of our Holiday Food Drive.

The Holiday Food Drive is a great way to bring in the holiday season, and the proceeds help the Ottawa Food Bank provide emergency food service for its community food programs and their clients well into the winter months.


Use our look up tool to find the community food program in your neighbourhood.


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