Ottawa Food Bank http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca Fri, 16 Nov 2018 20:02:37 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Canada Post Strike and its impact on the Ottawa Food Bank http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/canada-post-strike-and-its-impact-on-the-ottawa-food-bank/ http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/canada-post-strike-and-its-impact-on-the-ottawa-food-bank/#respond Fri, 16 Nov 2018 19:40:51 +0000 http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/?p=18831 You may have heard that there is a postal strike affecting the delivery of mail across Canada. A disruption of this scope has a large impact on charities like the Ottawa Food Bank, as we receive a large number of donations and support through mail. With the holidays quickly approaching, you have the opportunity to […]

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You may have heard that there is a postal strike affecting the delivery of mail across Canada. A disruption of this scope has a large impact on charities like the Ottawa Food Bank, as we receive a large number of donations and support through mail.

With the holidays quickly approaching, you have the opportunity to make a tremendous difference in the lives of the 38,400 people across the city who will need food assistance every month throughout the Winter.

While the strike won’t stop your gift from reaching us by mail, it will take a longer than usual. If you want your gift to reach families and individuals right away, there are other ways you can give.

How you can still support the Ottawa Food Bank during the strike:

  • ONLINE: Visit our donation page and donate online. When you donate online your gift will be protected through our secure system and you will receive a tax receipt via email immediately
  • IN PERSON: Stop by and visit us 1317 Michael Street any time Monday to Friday between the hours of 8AM and 4PM
  • OVER THE PHONE: We can accept credit card donations by phone. Give call us at 613-745-7001 and press 3 and 3 again

Please note you may receive multiple letters from the Ottawa Food Bank during the strike.

The postal strike is also impacting the delivery of our fundraising letters. This is the busiest time of the year for us and we do send out donation letters to help us raise the much-needed funds. We print these letters in advance and they are scheduled to go out through out the weeks leading up to Christmas and New Years.

Unfortunately, with the delays and rotating strikes, you may receive letters later than we hoped. You may also receive letters after you have already made a donation. Please accept our apologies if this happens to you. Please disregard any mail that you feel was sent to you in error.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. Thank you for helping us ensure your neighbours have enough to eat this Christmas and Holiday season.

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We are hiring: Truck Driver & Warehouse Worker DZ http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/we-are-hiring-truck-driver-warehouse-worker-dz/ http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/we-are-hiring-truck-driver-warehouse-worker-dz/#respond Tue, 13 Nov 2018 20:20:49 +0000 http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/?p=18805 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.

If this sounds like a job in which you are interested, please see the full job description and apply today!

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We are hiring: Community Development Coordinator http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/we-are-hiring-community-development-coordinator/ http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/we-are-hiring-community-development-coordinator/#respond Fri, 09 Nov 2018 18:32:03 +0000 http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/?p=18796 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.

NOTE: This posting closes November 24, 2018.

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Thank you to our local Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, and Venturers! http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/thank-you-to-our-local-beavers-cubs-scouts-and-venturers/ http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/thank-you-to-our-local-beavers-cubs-scouts-and-venturers/#respond Mon, 05 Nov 2018 18:28:18 +0000 http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/?p=18769 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, and Venturers are known for doing all they can to build skills and help others. The Annual Scouts, Metro Food Drive in support of the Ottawa Food Bank helps accomplish just that, as these young volunteers with big hearts head to local Metro grocery stores and collect donations from generous shoppers. Over […]

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Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, and Venturers are known for doing all they can to build skills and help others. The Annual Scouts, Metro Food Drive in support of the Ottawa Food Bank helps accomplish just that, as these young volunteers with big hearts head to local Metro grocery stores and collect donations from generous shoppers.

Over the course of a few hours at 12 Metro grocery store locations these amazing kids collected a combined total of $9,000 and 6,100 lbs of food!

This is an incredible effort that went above and beyond what the Scouts raised last year.

While the Scouts were working hard at the Metros across the city, we had drivers going around collecting all the donations as they came in. The donations were brought to our warehouse where another group of Scouts were sorting all the donations as they arrived! There was no slacking off in this effort as these dedicated kids sorted through 22 packed red cages of food!

Thank you to Scouts Canada and Metro for your incredible and continued support. This was the 29th year for this food drive and we truly appreciate all your help over the years.

Thank you to all who donated during food drive. We are honoured to have your support – but even more importantly, the 38,400 people in our community that use their community food program every month appreciate your support too.

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$50K in grocery store gift cards delivered to West Carleton Disaster Relief http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/50k-in-grocery-store-gift-cards-delivered-to-west-carleton-disaster-relief/ http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/50k-in-grocery-store-gift-cards-delivered-to-west-carleton-disaster-relief/#respond Fri, 02 Nov 2018 14:13:53 +0000 http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/?p=18754 For Immediate Release November 2, 2018  Ottawa Food Bank responds to an urgent need in the Dunrobin area (Ottawa) The Ottawa Food Bank recognized the gaps in basic supports for Dunrobin area residents affected by the September 21st tornadoes. In response the Ottawa Food Bank has delivered $50,000 in grocery gift cards to West Carleton […]

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For Immediate Release
November 2, 2018 

Ottawa Food Bank responds to an urgent need in the Dunrobin area

(Ottawa) The Ottawa Food Bank recognized the gaps in basic supports for Dunrobin area residents affected by the September 21st tornadoes. In response the Ottawa Food Bank has delivered $50,000 in grocery gift cards to West Carleton Disaster Relief (WCDR).

The response came when it became clear people in the Dunrobin area had not received the expected support for basic needs. This influx of gift cards augments the work and efforts of the West Carleton Food Access Centre.

“We have listened to the recent reports with interest and were concerned that people in affected areas have not received the support they need for items like food quickly enough,” says Michael Maidment, CEO, Ottawa Food Bank.

The funding for this response comes from the Ottawa Food Bank’s fundraising efforts following the tornadoes. The Ottawa Food Bank had earmarked $100,000 for future food purchases for people in affected areas.

“We, like the rest of the community, were under the impression that there was sufficient support in these areas. We now know an urgent need still exists and that is why we have no hesitation to respond,” says Maidment.

“West Carleton Disaster Relief and the Ottawa Food Bank recognize the power in partnership, enabling us to deliver support to those who need it most in a fast and efficient manner,” said Angela Bernhardt, West Carleton Disaster Relief group representative. “This is a great example of how the After the Storm initiative encourages organizations to leverage their collective strengths, so we can have an immediate and positive impact on the lives of those who need it the most.”

To distribute the gift cards, the WCDR Community Contacts will be reaching out to their registered residents. Please contact westcarletonrelief@gmail.com for further information or affected West Carleton residents can register on the WCDR website at www.westcarletonrelief.ca.

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About the Ottawa Food Bank
The Ottawa Food Bank is the main emergency food provider in the National Capital Region. Through a network of 112 community food programs, the Ottawa Food Bank provides food for over 38,400 people per month – 35 per cent of whom are children. Thanks to the community’s support, on average 12 to 14 tons of food is distributed from their Michael Street warehouse every weekday. For more information regarding the Ottawa Food Bank and how you can help provide healthy, accessible, sustainable food for all, please visit www.ottawafoodbank.ca


About West Carleton Disaster Relief
West Carleton Disaster Relief is a coalition of 5 West Carleton Community Associations who work as one in recovery. The Board Members are; from Dunrobin Community Association it’s President Greg Patacairk (Co Chair), Secretary Lorraine Madore, and Treasurer Tracy Taffinder (Treasurer); from Kinburn Community Association it’s President Alexandra Lesnick (Co Chair) and Laurie Chauvin, from Constance and Buckham’s Bay Community Association it’s President Len Russell (Secretary) and Past President Angela Bernhardt (Vice-President); from Huntley Community Association it’s Vice President Judy Makin and Director Allan Joyner; from Corkery Community Association it’s President Katherine Woodward. The Board brings together decades of experience in community advocacy to provide informed, compassionate, and impartial decision making.

 

For more information please contact:

Samantha Ingram
Communications Coordinator, Ottawa Food Bank
samantha@ottawafoodbank.ca
613-745-7001 ext 105

or

Angela Bernhardt
VP, Officer for NGO & Media Relations, West Carleton Disaster Relief
Angela.Bernhardt@bgis.com
613-324-7765

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Tis the Season to register for your Holiday Food Drive http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/tis-the-season-to-register-for-your-holiday-food-drive/ http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/tis-the-season-to-register-for-your-holiday-food-drive/#respond Thu, 01 Nov 2018 15:25:58 +0000 http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/?p=18737 Calling all groups, teams, schools, and workplaces: it’s time to sign up for your Holiday Food Drive! This year’s Holiday Food Drive, presented by Sobey’s and FreshCo, is challenging groups and workplaces to help us fill as many refrigerators as possible! It can cost a family of four $252 per week to fill their fridge […]

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Calling all groups, teams, schools, and workplaces: it’s time to sign up for your Holiday Food Drive!

This year’s Holiday Food Drive, presented by Sobey’s and FreshCo, is challenging groups and workplaces to help us fill as many refrigerators as possible! It can cost a family of four $252 per week to fill their fridge with nutritious food.  You can help them stock up by raising funds or collecting food.

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 across Ottawa to collect funds and non-perishable food for families in need, as part of our Holiday Food Drive.

Fill a Fridge!

This year we’re challenging YOU to set a goal to fill as many fridges as possible.

  • Fill-a-Family-Fridge: $252 or collect 84 lbs. of food
  • Fill-a-Fridge (single person): $63 or collect 21 lbs. of food

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 to its community food programs and their clients well into the winter months.

For more information, or if you have any Holiday Food Drive questions, please contact our events team.

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In the days following the storm http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/in-the-days-following-the-storm/ http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/in-the-days-following-the-storm/#comments Wed, 31 Oct 2018 14:37:48 +0000 http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/?p=18660 On Friday, September 21st people across the city were glued to their radios, televisions, and Twitter feeds to get updates about the “thunderstorm warning” as it was gradually upgraded to “tornado watch” and finally “tornado warning”. This has happened in Ottawa before, but this time – the tornado actually touched down. Only later did we […]

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On Friday, September 21st people across the city were glued to their radios, televisions, and Twitter feeds to get updates about the “thunderstorm warning” as it was gradually upgraded to “tornado watch” and finally “tornado warning”.

This has happened in Ottawa before, but this time – the tornado actually touched down. Only later did we discover that there was a total of six tornadoes that hit the National Capital Region.

The Ottawa Food Bank has released a report that outlines the course of action we took following the tornadoes in an effort to help our community. The report also outlines how the community’s support was used to assist people in affected areas and those who were displaced across the city.

By the Numbers:

  • The Ottawa Food Bank provided food for an estimated 9,489 people who visited a food bank in the affected areas (an increase of 33% over the same period last year)
  • 10,190 hampers were provided to residences in 22 community housing buildings/neighbourhoods
  • In total, 19,679 hampers were delivered to the community, compared to 8,302 hampers over the same period last year (an increase of 137%)
  • An additional $175,000 worth of food was delivered to the affected communities, above and beyond the regular distribution of food and supplies to the Ottawa Food Bank’s other community food programs (approximately 100 programs) that were not affected by the storm

Thank you to our supporters

The Ottawa Food Bank would not have been able to act so quickly and for such an extended period if it weren’t for the support received from the community.

In the days following the storm, the Ottawa Food Bank received heart-felt support from generous supporters across the city ranging from individuals to classrooms, sports teams to church groups, and large corporations to small businesses.

Thank you to Empire Company Limited and Farm Boy for leading the charge and being the very first organization to reach out to see what the Ottawa Food Bank needed. Thank you to the amazing local businesses like CLV Group and Interrent Holdings, Verdun Windows & Doors, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP and CSL Behring Canada Inc.  for offering your incredible support to the community as well.

Also, thank you to the 2,578 individual donors who acted with compassion and donated to the Ottawa Food Bank to help your neighbours. Individuals such as Pauline and Doug who drove over three hours from their retirement community in Newcastle Ontario to deliver a monetary donation and a van full (890 pounds!) of food that the residents collected. And the kids in the Strathcona Heights community Carter, Blaine, Daniel, and Emily who made their own donation collection bin out of a Pringles can. Your help meant, and continues to mean, a lot to the people who have suddenly found themselves in need of support following the storm.

Thank you to our community food programs and partners

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, thank you to the food programs and community houses across the city who worked tirelessly to ensure your neighbours received assistance.

Emergency food programs opened their doors, worked extra hours, and took on additional clients. They made their community feel safe and cared for in a time of need.

A special thank you to our programs in the west end of the city, namely Morrison Gardens Emergency Food, Pinecrest Terrace Family House, Foster Farm Family House, and Britannia Woods Food Centre, who struggled significantly with the loss of power and their own food storage, and still handled a massive number of clients managing a loss of food as well. These programs offered extra services and even went door to door to help spread the word that they were open and available to help.

Food banks that bordered the affected areas in the west end, including Caldwell Family Centre, Debra Dynes Family House, and Westboro Region Food Service provided generous hampers, support, and supplemental services in an effort to help. Thank you for your generosity as you helped your regular clients and also offered service to anyone in need.

Thank you to Bethel Care Centre, who normally offer a food cupboard for people in their area. They went above and beyond and offered a full service after the tornado. They even planned to host service hours in their parking lot if their building did not get power in time. The centre extended their operating hours and included extra days and also operated an emergency pick-up service throughout the week.

In the south end both Banff Avenue and Pavilion Food Bank opened for an extra day of service and were ready to help their community in whatever way possible.

Beyond those specifically mentioned above, all programs serviced beyond their regular capacity and for that we are exceptionally grateful. We’re honoured to work with you all.

Also while not one of our agency partners, we worked closely with FAMSAC Food Cupboard who were exceptionally responsive addressing the needs of the area hit by the tornado. Thank you for all you did.

Working with Nepean Housing Corporation and Ottawa Community Housing was effective and rewarding. Combining our efforts, we were able to address the ongoing needs in these communities. Thank you for your knowledge and support along the way.

RELATED: Ottawa Food Bank responds to urgent need in Dunrobin area

 

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Beautiful generosity from Metro http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/metro-generosity/ http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/metro-generosity/#respond Mon, 22 Oct 2018 17:19:41 +0000 http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/?p=18676 We are  honoured to have the support of the hard working managers and staff at Metro grocery stores across the city. Metro continues to go above and beyond to help our community and neighbours in need. They not only participate in food drives, sell pre-packed donation bags, and have Ottawa Food Bank donation cages in […]

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We are  honoured to have the support of the hard working managers and staff at Metro grocery stores across the city.

Metro continues to go above and beyond to help our community and neighbours in need. They not only participate in food drives, sell pre-packed donation bags, and have Ottawa Food Bank donation cages in their stores for their customers, but they also make significant contributions themselves!

During our 2017-2018 fiscal year, Metro donated 1,116,425 pounds of food to the Ottawa Food Bank. An incredible 533,800 pounds of that total was fresh food, including fruits and vegetables, meat, and diary.

Donations and support from grocery stores like Metro mean so much to us, our community food program partners, and their clients. Metro donated well over half of the total received from grocery store chains last fiscal. This is a remarkable contribution.

THANK YOU to everyone at Metro for your continued support and enthusiasm. You are incredible leaders in our community.

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A tribute to a long-standing supporter of the Ottawa Food Bank http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/a-tribute-to-a-long-standing-supporter-of-the-ottawa-food-bank/ http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/a-tribute-to-a-long-standing-supporter-of-the-ottawa-food-bank/#respond Wed, 17 Oct 2018 20:16:25 +0000 http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/?p=18661 The team at the Ottawa Food Bank is saddened to learn of the recent passing of an incredible person who went above and beyond to support her community. With permission from her family, we recognize Rosemarie Spoerri as a wonderful and generous member of the Ottawa community who has been a steady donor of the […]

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The team at the Ottawa Food Bank is saddened to learn of the recent passing of an incredible person who went above and beyond to support her community.

With permission from her family, we recognize Rosemarie Spoerri as a wonderful and generous member of the Ottawa community who has been a steady donor of the Ottawa Food Bank for the last 20 years.

Ms. Spoerri cared deeply about the health and well-being of children, and often guided her donations and energy in that direction. She donated towards the Ottawa Food Bank’s KickStart initiatives, as well as the Community Harvest Farm. Both aligned well with her desire to help our community’s most vulnerable population of young people.

Ms. Spoerri was also very generous with her time, as she has volunteered for a number of decades with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).

She will be missed by many, and we are grateful to have known her.

 

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How to get your Christmas Hamper http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/how-to-get-your-christmas-hamper/ http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/how-to-get-your-christmas-hamper/#respond Wed, 17 Oct 2018 18:20:07 +0000 http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/?p=18664 As we head into the cold months, we have begun to receive phone calls regarding how to go about getting a Christmas Hamper to help during the holidays. Please note that the Ottawa Food Bank does not directly distribute Christmas Hampers and for you to get the holiday support you need, please: Register by calling […]

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As we head into the cold months, we have begun to receive phone calls regarding how to go about getting a Christmas Hamper to help during the holidays.

Please note that the Ottawa Food Bank does not directly distribute Christmas Hampers and for you to get the holiday support you need, please:

  • Register by calling your community food program as early as possible. There are a limited number available, first come first serve.
  • OR call 2-1-1 to be referred to a program that prepares Christmas Hampers if your community food program does not, or has run out.

If you are looking to receive help getting toys for your little ones, please call 2-1-1 for a referral to those services.

 

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