Ottawa Food Bank http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca Mon, 24 Sep 2018 19:17:07 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Victims of the Tornado – If you are in need of food http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/victims-of-the-tornado-if-you-are-in-need-of-food/ http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/victims-of-the-tornado-if-you-are-in-need-of-food/#respond Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:24:59 +0000 http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/?p=18528 If you are in need of food please visit one of these west end food banks. They are open and have non-perishable food available. Please see the table below for locations and hours of operation for Monday, September 24th. If you are in need of assistance beyond what is available through these programs please call […]

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If you are in need of food please visit one of these west end food banks. They are open and have non-perishable food available. Please see the table below for locations and hours of operation for Monday, September 24th.

If you are in need of assistance beyond what is available through these programs please call 211, a social service referral program.

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Dealing with Ottawa Tornado Aftermath http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/dealing-with-ottawa-tornado-aftermath/ http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/dealing-with-ottawa-tornado-aftermath/#respond Sun, 23 Sep 2018 21:14:31 +0000 http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/?p=18526 Following the devastating tornado on Friday, September 21, many communities have been affected by the storm. Several Ottawa Community Housing neighbourhoods are still without power and food. Many people in our community who are already vulnerable will have lost what little food they had as a result of continued loss of power. The Ottawa Food […]

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Following the devastating tornado on Friday, September 21, many communities have been affected by the storm. Several Ottawa Community Housing neighbourhoods are still without power and food.

Many people in our community who are already vulnerable will have lost what little food they had as a result of continued loss of power. The Ottawa Food Bank mobilized immediately to get ready-to-eat food like bread, peanut butter, snacks, and produce to these communities.

Please give today so we can purchase needed food to provide to these communities – as well as our community food programs.

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Successful first with Dads for Diapers event http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/successful-first-with-dads-for-diapers-event/ http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/successful-first-with-dads-for-diapers-event/#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:14:18 +0000 http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/?p=18506 The post Successful first with Dads for Diapers event appeared first on Ottawa Food Bank.

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Thank you to all who supported our inaugural Dads for Diapers event!

At the Ottawa Food Bank, we split our food and supply purchases up into categories. Baby items are in a category all their own – these are our Baby Basics. They continue to be the only category where every single item sees an increase in price year over year.

What’s more, diapers are one of the only items where we are not able to leverage volume discounts. They are expensive for us – but they are worth every dollar spent as we know receiving these supplies makes a huge difference in the lives of struggling parents and their babies.

Thanks to the incredible support of everyone who attended Dads for Diapers and bid on auction items, the evening raised $7,150 in support of our Baby Basics Program.

We appreciate all who attended. By joining us you made a difference. You helped a family. 35% of people who visit a food program in Ottawa have children. On behalf of them, we thank you.

Thank you to MeNa Restaurant for being an incredible host and partner. You provided amazing food, drink, and atmosphere that truly helped set the tone of the evening.

Thank you to Steve Warne and TSN 1200 for being our MC and media sponsor for the evening.

Thank you to our sponsors, including CIBC Wood Gundy’s Ray Dubeau, Logan Katz LLP Chartered Professional Accountants, Terlin Construction Ltd, LaZBoy (Ottawa area), Palladium Insurance, Patrick Dion Consulting Inc, and Taligent Consulting Inc. Your above and beyond support did not go unnoticed.

After the enthusiasm of this first event, we look forward to the next one and hope to see you there.

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Volunteer Profile: Mason Li http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/volunteer-profile-mason-li/ http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/volunteer-profile-mason-li/#respond Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:29:20 +0000 http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/?p=18438 We couldn’t do it without people like Mason! As a youth volunteer with the Ottawa Food Bank, Mason has proven himself to be reliable, effective, and willing to take on any task to assist the organization.  Mason is always willing to roll-up his sleeves. He signs up to help with everything from handing out donations […]

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We couldn’t do it without people like Mason!

As a youth volunteer with the Ottawa Food Bank, Mason has proven himself to be reliable, effective, and willing to take on any task to assist the organization.  Mason is always willing to roll-up his sleeves. He signs up to help with everything from handing out donations bags during food drives at grocery stores to helping in our warehouse and to volunteering at special events. He is so well versed in our operations that he is now a champion and enjoys mentoring new youth volunteers in our warehouse for food sorting.

Because of his hard work and kind heart, Mason was a finalist in Volunteer Ottawa’s 2018 volunteer awards for ‘Outstanding Youth Volunteer’

JoAnne, our Volunteer Coordinator, is continually impressed with Mason’s level of maturity, his work ethic, as well as his  involvement all while maintaining an impressive academic record in high school.

Mason is always outgoing, approachable, and eager to take on new challenges that support the Ottawa Food Bank’s vision, mission, and goal.

Thank you, Mason!

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Hunger Action Week: Volunteer http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/hunger-action-week-volunteer/ http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/hunger-action-week-volunteer/#respond Sun, 16 Sep 2018 11:00:05 +0000 http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/?p=18421 The post Hunger Action Week: Volunteer appeared first on Ottawa Food Bank.

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We couldn’t do it without you

Volunteering is not only a great help to us, but we hear that it’s incredibly rewarding for those who give their time. The kind people who volunteer with the Ottawa Food Bank help us, in the most hands-on way possible, get our neighbours beyond hunger.

We are fortunate to have volunteers of all ages and abilities in every area of our operation. Volunteers do everything from answering phones to delivering food and from sorting donations to assisting at special events and on our farm. To learn more about all the different types of volunteer opportunities, please visit our volunteer page.

Whether you help on a regular basis or once in a while, we truly appreciate it. We couldn’t do what we do without you. The number of hours our volunteers contributed last year is the equivalent to approximately 8 full-time staff members!

I want to volunteer. Now what?

We are THRILLED to hear from people on a daily basis wondering how to volunteer with the Ottawa Food Bank. If you have an interest in lending a hand, the first thing you should do is check out our volunteer page for the types of opportunities available.

Have an interest in volunteering on our farm or at a special event? We have an online calendar where you can pick your volunteer shifts and sign up! Create an account, and we’ll be sure to keep you up to date with upcoming events and opportunities.

We are currently getting ready for our Thanks for Giving Food Drive taking place on October 6th and 7th. We would love for you to volunteer with us and help make this food drive a success!

If you’re interested in having a reoccurring volunteer role in our office or warehouse, please sign up for a Volunteer Information Session. We want to ensure you are equipped with all the information you need to succeed in your role. Volunteer Information Sessions are not required for special event or farm volunteers.

It’s worth repeating – we couldn’t do what we do without our volunteers. To fully understand how much we appreciate our volunteers, and the impact they have on our organization and the community, take a look at our Volunteer Impact Report.

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Thanks for Giving Volunteers Needed http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/thanks-for-giving-volunteer-needed/ http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/thanks-for-giving-volunteer-needed/#respond Thu, 13 Sep 2018 17:22:32 +0000 http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/?p=18495 Thanksgiving and our Thanks for Giving Food Drive is the kick off to the giving season and we need YOU to help make it great. Every year, amazing volunteers head to grocery store locations across the city and help turn shoppers into donors. This process is so important to us, as it helps us prepare […]

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Thanksgiving and our Thanks for Giving Food Drive is the kick off to the giving season and we need YOU to help make it great.

Every year, amazing volunteers head to grocery store locations across the city and help turn shoppers into donors. This process is so important to us, as it helps us prepare for the long cold months ahead. The food drive is our first push for donations after a slow summer season.

This is where you come in! Visit our volunteer online sign up page, scroll to the October 6th and 7th postings, and find a store location, date, and time that works best for you!

Details:

  • Thanks for Giving Food Drive
  • Saturday, October 6th 1 – 5 PM
  • Sunday, October 7th 9 AM – 12 PM
  • Your role is to help make the donation experience easy for shoppers. Hand them a donation bag or suggest a pre-packaged donation bag – if available at your location.

 

 

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Hunger Action Month: Advocate http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/hunger-action-month-advocate/ http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/hunger-action-month-advocate/#respond Sun, 09 Sep 2018 12:00:45 +0000 http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/?p=18412 The Problem: Hunger is a symptom of poverty. We, and food banks across Canada, exist not because there is a lack of food in our city / country, but because many people don’t have access to adequate income to afford the basic necessities – food included. Systemic, policy, and societal changes are not only necessary […]

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The Problem:

Hunger is a symptom of poverty. We, and food banks across Canada, exist not because there is a lack of food in our city / country, but because many people don’t have access to adequate income to afford the basic necessities – food included.

Systemic, policy, and societal changes are not only necessary to ending hunger, but also alleviating poverty. These changes require cooperation and collaboration from all levels government.

A Step Forward:

Recently, the Federal Government released a new National Poverty Reduction Strategy to help low-income Canadians with the goal of boosting more than 2.1 million people, including 534,000 children, above the poverty line over the next 12 years.

It is encouraging to see the new standardized poverty line, poverty reduction targets, and creation of a standing National Poverty Advisory Council will become legislated for future governments. This will standardized language, create clear measurements, and increase accountability.

The new Poverty Reduction Strategy, called Opportunity for All, is a great first step and framework for what lies ahead, however, the Ottawa Food Bank was hoping to see new spending commitments that would reduce the need for Canadians to turn to food banks.

For our full reaction to Opportunity for All, please click here.

A Step Back:

Slightly closer to home, we were disappointed when the Ontario Government decided to cancel the Basic Income pilot – which it committed to continue during the provincial election. The pilot program, which was already producing positive outcomes in participating communities, would have provided evidence-based research as to whether a basic income approach could be a tool to reduce poverty in Ontario.

Many of the people who turn to their community food bank know all too well how easy it is to suddenly need help. How easy it is to find yourself in need of assistance.

So now what?

The Ottawa Food Bank firmly believes to truly eradicate poverty and reliance on food banks, all levels of government need to work together. Every level of government must make commitments to more affordable housing, a guaranteed basic income, attracting secure employment, and appropriate social assistance rates.

Both the federal government and the City of Ottawa have made commitments to improve affordable housing over the next 10 years. For most people who turn to food banks, the biggest problem is access to affordable housing. Across Ontario, the problem is compounded: fewer rental units being built and skyrocketing rent.

Basic income is the type of initiative we hoped to see in the National Poverty Reduction Strategy. The Ottawa Food Bank was disappointed with the Ontario Government’s decision to cancel the Basic Income pilot. The pilot program would have provided evidence-based research as to whether a basic income approach could be a cost-effective tool to reduce poverty in Ontario.

Skilled and mid-level job opportunities need to be created in Ottawa and across the country. We see more and more young people in temporary, part-time, and contract work which risks a future of job instability and low wages.

A large number of adults who visit a food program state that social assistance as their main source of income. This indicates that these supports do not provide enough income to afford all of the recipient’s most basic needs.

Appropriate housing, income, employment, and assistance are essential to reducing poverty. To see any change in poverty and food insecurity, we need to see change in these four areas. The federal government has taken a first step, but it takes us all to reduce hunger and poverty, and we urge our political and policy leaders to accelerate the implementation of important initiatives such as Working Tax Benefits, affordable housing strategies, reinstating the Guaranteed Basic Income, and higher social assistance rates.

Please click here to see the Ontario Associations of Food Bank’s recommendations for change.

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(Un)Affordable Housing and Hunger: OAFB Quarterly Report http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/unaffordable-housing-and-hunger-oafb-quarterly-report/ http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/unaffordable-housing-and-hunger-oafb-quarterly-report/#respond Wed, 05 Sep 2018 15:39:50 +0000 http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/?p=18461 The post (Un)Affordable Housing and Hunger: OAFB Quarterly Report appeared first on Ottawa Food Bank.

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The Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) has released their quarterly report with emphasis on (Un)affordable Housing and Hunger. In it you will find updated information on Ontario’s housing crisis, its relationship to hunger and food bank use, and their recommendations for change.
 
We agree that housing is a huge issue for people in Ontario, and individuals and families in our own city. For most people who turn to food banks, the biggest problem is access to decent affordable housing. In Ottawa and across Ontario, there is a compound problem: fewer rental units being built and skyrocketing rent rates. In Ottawa, the average cost of a one-bedroom apartment is $982, the highest in Ontario after the Greater Toronto Area.
See OAFB’s full report here:
For many, the cost of rent and food alone leaves hardly enough for any other expenses – let alone a savings account in case of emergency. The table below shows what is left over every month after paying for rent and a food, according to the Ottawa Public Health’s 2017 Nutritious Food Basket report.

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We’re hiring: TRUCK DRIVER & WAREHOUSE WORKER DZ (part-time) http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/were-hiring-truck-driver-warehouse-worker-dz-part-time/ http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/were-hiring-truck-driver-warehouse-worker-dz-part-time/#respond Wed, 05 Sep 2018 13:13:08 +0000 http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/?p=18459 Under the supervision of the Manager – Operations, the Truck Driver/Warehouse Worker DZ organizes and prepares daily deliveries and performs warehouse and other related duties; picks up donated/purchased food and other goods from donor locations; and delivers food/other goods to member agencies. It should be noted that there is a significant amount of time spent […]

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Under the supervision of the Manager – Operations, the Truck Driver/Warehouse Worker DZ organizes and prepares daily deliveries and performs warehouse and other related duties; picks up donated/purchased food and other goods from donor locations; and delivers food/other goods to member agencies. It should be noted that there is a significant amount of time spent completing various warehouse duties, but the candidate will need to have a DZ license in order to complete pick-up and delivery runs as required.

Please read the full job description and apply today!

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Hunger Action Month: Educate http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/hunger-action-month-educate/ http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/hunger-action-month-educate/#respond Mon, 03 Sep 2018 11:53:46 +0000 http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/?p=18385 The post Hunger Action Month: Educate appeared first on Ottawa Food Bank.

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The first theme of Hunger Action Month is EDUCATE. This week we want to inform people about what exactly the Ottawa Food Bank helps accomplish in our city. We also want you to be informed about food insecurity across the province and country.

Keep an eye on our social media for updates, and join in on the conversation! We want to hear what you have to say. Share our posts and help us inform everyone about food banks, food insecurity, and the Ottawa Food Bank. Make sure you use the hashtags #HungerActionMonth and #FeedTheChange so everyone can see what you have to say.

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For further information about the Ottawa Food Bank’s reach, programs, and operations please take a look at our most recent Year in Review.

Are you a teacher?

It is important, but difficult, to teach students about hunger and poverty. Unless faced with it personally, it’s not something that many kids realize can happen in their own communities.

Food Banks Canada has created useful interactive videos, called Impossible Choices, that illustrate hunger and how people find themselves in need of support.

In each video, an actor delivers a monologue that tells the story of their character. At several points in each story, a decision must be made by that character, and the options are presented on screen — and you decide which action you would take in that situation. As you will discover, some choices are harder than others — and some choices feel almost impossible. Try it now.

Food Banks Canada also created a free, downloadable lesson plan for teachers to accompany the Impossible Choices tool. (Primary School Lesson Plan, High School Lesson Plan)

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