Ottawa Food Bank http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca Fri, 15 Feb 2019 16:47:38 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 You might get a phone call! http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/you-might-get-a-phone-call/ http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/you-might-get-a-phone-call/#respond Thu, 14 Feb 2019 13:00:57 +0000 http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/?p=19028 The Ottawa Food Bank is working with a local service provider who is managing and executing a tele-fundraising campaign for us. We’ve chosen to work with a very reputable firm called PassionArts Teleservices Inc. and our campaign is managed by their President and CEO, Thomas Krayer. PassionArts is a proud member of the Association of […]

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The Ottawa Food Bank is working with a local service provider who is managing and executing a tele-fundraising campaign for us. We’ve chosen to work with a very reputable firm called PassionArts Teleservices Inc. and our campaign is managed by their President and CEO, Thomas Krayer.

PassionArts is a proud member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and his call centre is fully payment card industry compliant. You can feel safe about using your credit card to donate over the telephone with one of the representatives over the phone. PassionArts Teleservices is a service provider that works with many non-profit and cultural organizations here in Ottawa. They provide charities with cost-effective support for their own fundraising endeavors.

A representative from PassionArts Teleservices may be calling to ask you to consider becoming a monthly donor and help support the our mission year-round. We hope you will consider becoming a monthly donor to the Ottawa Food Bank!

The campaign will be running from January 7 to February the 23. If you have any questions directly for PassionArts Teleservices Inc, please call them at (613) 288-5111.

Thanks for your support!

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We are hiring: Community Harvest Assistant http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/we-are-hiring-community-harvest-assistant/ http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/we-are-hiring-community-harvest-assistant/#respond Tue, 12 Feb 2019 14:39:46 +0000 http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/?p=19189 Summary: Under the supervision of the Community Harvest Manager, the Community Harvest Assistant provides farming assistance and performs all field-based tasks required to operate a 8-acre fruit and vegetable farm.  This role also assists in the coordination of volunteers working at the farm, and supports the Community Harvest Manager by occasionally delivering produce from the […]

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Summary:

Under the supervision of the Community Harvest Manager, the Community Harvest Assistant provides farming assistance and performs all field-based tasks required to operate a 8-acre fruit and vegetable farm.  This role also assists in the coordination of volunteers working at the farm, and supports the Community Harvest Manager by occasionally delivering produce from the farm to the warehouse.  The Community Harvest Assistant is also responsible for coordinating donations by farmers attending the local farmers market. This role requires the incumbent to work weekends regularly.

Please note: This is a contract position starting late April/early May and running through the fall to early November.

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We are hiring: Director of Operations http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/we-are-hiring-director-of-operations/ http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/we-are-hiring-director-of-operations/#comments Thu, 07 Feb 2019 20:47:18 +0000 http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/?p=19182  SUMMARY Under the direct supervision of the Chief Executive Officer, the Director of Operations provides strategic leadership to the food collection, warehouse, and distribution operations of the Ottawa Food Bank, and assists with other activities of the organization, as required. JOB RESPONSIBILITIES The Director of Operations has the responsibility and oversight of the warehouse, purchased […]

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 SUMMARY

Under the direct supervision of the Chief Executive Officer, the Director of Operations provides strategic leadership to the food collection, warehouse, and distribution operations of the Ottawa Food Bank, and assists with other activities of the organization, as required.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

The Director of Operations has the responsibility and oversight of the warehouse, purchased and donated food, transportation, health & safety, and building maintenance and repair. The Director of Operations is responsible for effective and successful management of all operations in order to meet our strategic goals and participates as part of the Executive Management Team.

Please see the job posting for full job requirements/description and to apply.

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2019 Annual General Meeting Summary http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/2019-annual-general-meeting-summary-2/ http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/2019-annual-general-meeting-summary-2/#respond Tue, 29 Jan 2019 18:28:26 +0000 http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/?p=19134 The post 2019 Annual General Meeting Summary appeared first on Ottawa Food Bank.

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January 28 was the Ottawa Food Bank’s Annual General Meeting attended by supporters, volunteers, staff, and member agency partners. Thank you to all who were present despite the threat of a snowstorm.

The meeting began with Ottawa Food Bank’s Chair of the Board, David K. Law, welcoming everyone and introducing the evening’s Keynote Speaker, Councillor Catherine McKenney (Somerset Ward 14). Councillor McKenney works on the Housing and Homelessness file with the City of Ottawa and understands the difference adequate affordable housing makes for our city’s vulnerable.

“I moved to Ottawa long ago as a single parent, and I didn’t have much. I didn’t have a home to stay in,” says McKenney as she recalls to the audience her experience decades ago of getting affordable housing (called “city living” at the time), child care, loans, a bus pass, and Mother’s Allowance while going back to school. “We didn’t have much. But we made due. We had a little place and we could get by.”

McKenney carried on to say that she doesn’t know how struggling parents and individuals are able to do it these days. “We were provided with enough to keep us functioning. I never had to visit the food bank. Today it doesn’t seem like much of the help I received is in place. Things now are so much more expensive or solutions like affordable housing aren’t offered in a timely manner. It can take years.”

Councillor McKenney closed her address by telling the audience to hold elected officials accountable. Ensure representatives of all levels of government – the City included –  do what they say they are going to do and ensure they keep their community’s best interests in mind at all times.

Following the Keynote Address, attendees approved the 2016-2017 AGM minutes and David K. Law took a moment to introduce the Board of Directors. Law then moved into his Report from the Board.

“It is unacceptable that in a country as rich as ours that food banks are needed,” Law began. He carried on to note that while it’s a shame that emergency food assistance is needed, there are many to thank for their hard work in ensuring people in need can keep their dignity when visiting their community food bank.

“There are families right now in our city sitting down to a dinner because of you. There are parents who don’t have to explain to their children why there is no food, or why what they have isn’t enough. They don’t have to face that indignity tonight because of you.”

Michael Maidment, Ottawa Food Bank’s Chief Executive Officer, gave his report to attendees covering actions taken by the Ottawa Food Bank throughout last fiscal year. He covered how the Ottawa Food Bank has begun to work within it’s new strategic direction in four areas of focus: healthy and accessible food, capacity within our system of agencies, innovation in food banking, and advocacy. He also took the opportunity to thank everyone for their hard work, kind hearts, and support.

“The Ottawa Food Bank will be 35 this year. We will be here until we’re no longer needed, but I truly hope it doesn’t take another 35 years for necessary poverty reduction initiatives are in place,” said Maidment. “Until we’re no longer needed, thank you. Thank you to our member agencies for your work on the front lines supporting your neighbours… Thank you to our donors making it possible to provide food and support to 114 programs across the city… Thank you to our volunteers who do everything from event support to food delivery… Finally, thank you to all of you who are here tonight. Thank you for taking the time to show that you care.”

Sarah Tremblay, Treasure of the Ottawa Food Bank’s Board of Directors, went over the financials with attendees, and was honoured to thank donors for a successful year where the Ottawa Food Bank was able to keep up with demand and maintain necessary reserves. As we have done for the past four years, any surplus has gone towards achieving our target of a six-month operational reserve. This ensures there would not be a disruption of service in the event of any unforeseen financial challenges. We have also created a capital reserve to replace any equipment or trucks if need be, as well as an innovation reserve which allows us to adapt and innovate our programs as necessary. For a full look at the Ottawa Food Bank financials, please refer the Audited Finance Statements.

Marian McMahon, the Chair of the Ottawa Food Bank’s Governance & Nominating Committee gave her report and covered what board members stand for re-election. Congratulations on re-election to: Erin Crowe, Ivan Gedz, Sylvie Manser, Marian McMahon, Nicole Perras, and Sarah Tremblay. A motion was then passed to welcome two new board members: Michela Tokarski and Yacouba Traoré. Thank you to all our Board of Directors members for your hard work and dedication.

At this time, we also had to say good bye and thank you to two individuals who have served on the board for many years. Thank you to David K. Law and Irene Cameron for your dedication to the Ottawa Food Bank and the Ottawa community. Over the years you have become part of the Ottawa Food Bank family, and we thank you for hard work and compassion.

Thank you to all who attended the Annual General Meeting, and thank you to the Ottawa Food Bank’s Board of Directors, member agencies, volunteers, donors, and supporters for another successful year. We couldn’t help provide for our community without you.

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We are hiring: Registered Dietitian http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/we-are-hiring-registered-dietitian/ http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/we-are-hiring-registered-dietitian/#respond Fri, 25 Jan 2019 17:16:34 +0000 http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/?p=19122 The Ottawa Food Bank is looking for an individual to fill a position as a Dietitian.  The position is a 12-month, full time contract with the possibility of extension. The successful candidate will be a registered dietitian (RD) paired with an in depth understanding of the social service system and issues surrounding food insecurity. If […]

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The Ottawa Food Bank is looking for an individual to fill a position as a Dietitian.  The position is a 12-month, full time contract with the possibility of extension.

The successful candidate will be a registered dietitian (RD) paired with an in depth understanding of the social service system and issues surrounding food insecurity. If you are detail oriented, innovative, and have a passion for the Ottawa Food Bank’s core values and mission, then you may be the person we are looking for.

The Registered Dietitian is responsible for evaluating current practices and processes with a view to create internal standards and guidelines for the food and nutritional quality of the food purchased, accepted, used and distributed to reflect our mission of ‘healthy, accessible, sustainable food for all’.

This 12-month contract position is under the direct supervision of the Director of Programs & Planning working closely with a team, including the Program Development and Evaluation Coordinator and the Programs and Planning Coordinator as well as our agency partners. There is a possibility of extension at the end of the contract.

To see the full job posting and to apply, please click on the button below.

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We are hiring: Community Development Coordinator http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/we-are-hiring-community-development-coordinator-2/ http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/we-are-hiring-community-development-coordinator-2/#respond Tue, 22 Jan 2019 14:08:02 +0000 http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/?p=19097 This full-time, permanent position is under the direct supervision of the Director, Programs & Planning. This is a brand-new role, intended to support our agencies in their work and to implement and drive improvements across our network. The Community Development Coordinator is responsible for supporting agency-led programming and service improvement initiatives. This includes developing and […]

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This full-time, permanent position is under the direct supervision of the Director, Programs & Planning. This is a brand-new role, intended to support our agencies in their work and to implement and drive improvements across our network.

The Community Development Coordinator is responsible for supporting agency-led programming and service improvement initiatives.

This includes developing and maintaining a framework to build equity in service across the network, and working collaboratively with agencies and clients to ensure evidence-based decision making in programming and development for the Ottawa Food Bank network.

To see the full job posting and to apply, please click on the button below.

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Thank you for helping us deliver cheer over the holidays http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/thank-you-for-helping-us-deliver-cheer-over-the-holidays/ http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/thank-you-for-helping-us-deliver-cheer-over-the-holidays/#respond Mon, 14 Jan 2019 20:50:58 +0000 http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/?p=19062 Thank you to everyone who donated leading into the holiday season. Your support helped us deliver Christmas Cheer as part of our Holiday Extras programing. The holiday season can be difficult when you’re on a tight budget. It is made all the more stressful when you’re unable to provide a special meal during a food-based […]

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Thank you to everyone who donated leading into the holiday season. Your support helped us deliver Christmas Cheer as part of our Holiday Extras programing.

The holiday season can be difficult when you’re on a tight budget. It is made all the more stressful when you’re unable to provide a special meal during a food-based occasion like Christmas.

Thanks to your support, we were able to provide:

  • 1,795 turkeys
  • 794 hams
  • 3,000 grocery gift cards, so people could purchase the trimmings they love

Your kindness during the holiday season means so much to us and the families and individual who visit emergency food programs across the city.

Thank you!

 

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Wheels for Meals drives in the donations once again http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/wheels-for-meals-drives-in-the-donations-once-again/ http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/wheels-for-meals-drives-in-the-donations-once-again/#respond Mon, 14 Jan 2019 15:39:19 +0000 http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/?p=19059 THANK YOU to John Mierins and the Bytek VW group for holding a generous and successful Wheels for Meals fundraising campaign in support of the Ottawa Food Bank in December. For every test drive at one of the seven participating dealerships, $25 was donated to the Ottawa Food Bank. Through this initiative an incredible $5,500 […]

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THANK YOU to John Mierins and the Bytek VW group for holding a generous and successful Wheels for Meals fundraising campaign in support of the Ottawa Food Bank in December.

For every test drive at one of the seven participating dealerships, $25 was donated to the Ottawa Food Bank.

Through this initiative an incredible $5,500 was raised and donated to help support people in need in our community!

Thank you to the Bytek VW group for your continued generosity, and thank you to everyone who went out for a text drive!

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Thank you, Jon! http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/thank-you-jon/ http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/thank-you-jon/#respond Thu, 20 Dec 2018 20:44:08 +0000 http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/?p=19019 During our Holiday Food Drive, Dymon Storage helps pick up donations once organizations and groups across the city have completed their internal food drives. Dymon Storage has been helping the Holiday Food Drive for the last seven years, and since day one Jon Rodas (right, in the picture above with his colleague Sydni) has spearheaded […]

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During our Holiday Food Drive, Dymon Storage helps pick up donations once organizations and groups across the city have completed their internal food drives.

Dymon Storage has been helping the Holiday Food Drive for the last seven years, and since day one Jon Rodas (right, in the picture above with his colleague Sydni) has spearheaded this incredibly helpful initiative. He does the round of pick ups and organizes other volunteers from Dymon to join in as well.

Jon has let us know that this will be his last year helping the Holiday Food Drive through Dymon, as he will soon be switching careers. He mentioned that the Ottawa Food Bank is a charitable organization that is dear to him and he hopes to be able to still help out down the road.

THANK YOU Jon for everything you have done for us over the years. You’re a true champion in our community.

 

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Paying It Forward for the Holidays http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/paying-it-forward-for-the-holidays/ http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/paying-it-forward-for-the-holidays/#respond Tue, 18 Dec 2018 16:10:21 +0000 http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/?p=19004 This morning as we opened our doors for the day, someone popped in to make a donation. This donor had a story to tell and her story was all about paying it forward. She lost a lot, as so many did, in September after the tornadoes flew through Ottawa and the surrounding area; she lost […]

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This morning as we opened our doors for the day, someone popped in to make a donation. This donor had a story to tell and her story was all about paying it forward.

She lost a lot, as so many did, in September after the tornadoes flew through Ottawa and the surrounding area; she lost all of her food. The Ottawa Food Bank set up in her community and provided her with what she needed to get by and help restock her fridge after she threw away so much.

This donor is fortunate enough to have insurance. Her insurance came through and provided her with a cheque for the food she lost.

She was so grateful that the Ottawa Food Bank was there that day to help her and her community, and while she admits to not having a lot, she wanted to give back.

Today, she generously donated the entire amount she received for food from her insurance. She wanted to ensure we could be there for someone else, just as we were for her.

 

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