Excited for the 2019 Food Sort Challenge?  We are too!

The Food Sort Challenge is a fast-paced corporate and community challenge, where teams of 10 compete head-to-head to see who can sort food the fastest! This challenge is a great team builder and we hope to attract over 60 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?

What was new in 2018?

  • A new and larger venue – Aberdeen Pavilion in Lansdowne Park
  • We will be joined by The New HOT 89.9 to keep the party going!
  • More teams competing at once, which means tougher competition!
  • Time penalties, and crazy sabotages!

The details:

Where:  Aberdeen Pavilion – Lansdowne
When: Friday, May 3, 2019
Competition Length: Approximately 30 minutes per team (full time commitment is approximately one hour)
Team size: Each team is a maximum of 10 people
Registration Fee:  $1,000

Registration Info: 2019 registration will open in the new year.

The 2018 After-Party:

Craft Beer Market is going to be joining us at the Food Sort Challenge! They will be there to hand out promotional offers and let you know about what’s going on over at Craft (near the Bank Street entrance to Lansdowne).

After you’re done your competition (or before depending on when you compete… we won’t judge) head on over to the designated Food Sort Challenge section at Craft Beer Market and celebrate! There will be prizes, contests, music, and friends!

For more information or to be added to our Food Sort Challenge update list, please contact us at events@ottawafoodbank.ca.

Ready? Set. SORT!

So you’ve decided to join in on the fun and register a team.
Good decision!

Registration currently closed until 2019. Stay tuned!
Questions about the Food Sort Challenge? Contact us at events@ottawafoodbank.ca

 

 

I am interested, what do I need to do next?

Once you have workplace or group on board, go to our registration page and sign up! This will officially register your team and create your personalized team fundraising page. The person who registers will be the team captain and our main contact. Share your team page with the other members and encourage them to sign up online and start fundraising!

*Remember to write down your user name and password.

When is the money due?

First things first – you need to register to save your spot! After that, your team can begin fundraising for your $1,000 entrance fee. The money is due on or before game day.

How many people can I have on my team?

Each team can have a minimum of six and a maximum of 10 participants. For safety and fairness, we will not allow teams to exceed 10 people.

How long will my team be there?

The competition time is about 30 – 35 minutes (depending on how fast you sort!), but the entire time commitment is about an about an hour. Everyone is encouraged to stay and watch the competitions and enjoy the event after your competition is completed.

Should we show up early?

Yes, participants are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to their time slot for instructions and a group photo.

What is this “after party” you speak of?! (2018 details)

Craft Beer Market is going to be joining us at the Food Sort Challenge! They will be there to hand out promotional offers and appetizers and let you know about what’s going on over at Craft (near the Bank Street entrance to Lansdowne).

After you’re done your competition (or before depending on when you compete… we won’t judge) head on over to the designated Food Sort Challenge section at Craft Beer Market and celebrate! There will be prizes, contests, music, $4 Ontario craft beer, and friends!

All right – I’m excited for the Challenge, but what else do you have for me? (2018 details)

  • The Food Sort Challenge is presented by Escape Manor, and they will be bringing their mobile Escape Cage. Test your skills and see if you can get out!
  • Music by DJ Carlo to keep our energy up
  • The Morning Hot Tub (Mauler, Rush, Jenni, and Josie) as well as the HOT 89.9 Street Team will be there to participate and cheer you on
  • Get your team photo taken to remember the day
  • Awesome prizes (AND A TROPHY) to be won!
  • The aforementioned after party
  • And more!

Can I bring a friend to watch and cheer me on?

Yes, you can certainly bring your fans!  We have a cheering section with bleachers where they can catch all the action.

Is there parking?

We will provide TWO complimentary parking tickets per team provided by Stericylce.  Parking tickets are for the underground parking at TD Lansdowne Park.  Any additional parking is at team’s expense. We encourage carpooling! There should be no problem with parking before 6 p.m.

Is this a very physical event?

You must be able to stand and move at a steady pace for 30 minutes.  Some bending and lifting may be required. In the past, we’ve seen people work up a bit of a sweat – it all depends how competitive you are.

Is the venue wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the Aberdeen Pavilion is fully accessible. The competition involves a fair bit of movement, but we will certainly make accommodations requested. Please let us know if your team requires any special accommodations in advance.

What should we wear?

We always encourage people to wear costumes… everything is better when dressed up. But other than that, dress in layers so you can take adjust accordingly to temperature. No heels or open-toed shoes are permitted for safety reasons.

Each competition area will have a coat rack for your layers and bags.

What is the age requirement?

This event is intended for 16 years of age or older. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by their guardian. There are certain elements to the event that are intended for adult participants only.

If you have any other questions, please contact us at events@ottawafoodbank.ca or 613-745-7001 ext. 121

Interested in being a Food Sort Challenge Sponsor for the 2019 event?
Please contact our events team at events@ottawafoodbank.ca

Thank you to our incredible sponsors who made the 2018 Food Sort Challenge possible.

2018 Food Sort Challenge:

You were Ready. You were Set. And you SORTED your hearts out!

This year’s 6th Annual Food Sort Challenge, presented by Escape Manor, was amped to the next level thanks to the record number of teams, amazing venue, and incredible partners and sponsors.

In one day, these 48 teams sorted through 48,000 lbs of food in an unbelievably short period of time. Thanks to many teams and individuals going above and beyond and helping us provide food to our neighbours in need.

A big thank you to Carlo Lombard of Progressive Shift, and The New Hot 89.9 Morning Hot Tub, and Street Team for keeping the energy going all day with music, dancing, and commentary.

Congratulations and thank you to all the teams involved for being such wonderful ambassadors and supporters of the Ottawa Food Bank. Your enthusiasm and competitive spirits were much appreciated. Extra congratulations to the WINNERS!

This event is going to be a bit of a team effort. We will be posting volunteer roles and sign up links here.

In the meantime – for more information, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@ottawafoodbank.ca

Have a question or want to tell us how excited you are about the day?
Don’t hesitate to reach out!

events@ottawafoodbank.ca
613-745-7001 ext. 121

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