Excited for this year’s Food Sort Challenge?  We are too!
This year’s event is BIGGER and BETTER than ever!

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’s new this year?

  • 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!
  • Cutthroat Sabotages- teams will have the opportunity to “buy” obstacles, time penalties, and crazy sabotages (think sorting with blind folds, or sorting with oven mitts on).

The details:

Where:  Aberdeen Pavilion – Lansdowne
When: April 13, 2017
Competition Length: Approximately 30 minutes per team (full time commitment is approximately one hour)
Team size: Each team is a maximum of 10 people
Number of Teams Competing per Time Slot:  Eight

Registration: $2,000 per team ($200 per person for a team of 10).  Participants are encouraged to fundraise! Space is limited, so register your team online TODAY! Upon registration, your team leader will be contacted with details on your team’s personal fundraising page.

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!

At the link below, you can form a team, join a team, or donate to the Ottawa Food Bank through the Food Sort Challenge. Join today – you do not want to miss out!

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.

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 15 minutes prior to their time slot for instructions and a group photo.

What is this “after party” you speak of?!

We have some fun things in the works. Stay tuned, we’ll have the details soon. We promise, it will not disappoint!

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?

Parking is available on-site during the day.  There should be no problem with parking before 6 p.m. If you know the area, you may be able to find near by lots or street parking. Parking is at your own expense and we definitely encourage carpooling!

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

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

Interested in being a Food Sort Challenge Sponsor?
Please contact Annette via email or call her at 613-745-7001 ext. 111

LAST Food Sort Challenge:

The competitive energy was on high at the Ottawa Food Bank’s 5th Annual Food Sort Challenge on October 14th. A big thank you to the 22 teams (and two OFB teams) who brought their A-games and competed in hopes of becoming the next Food Sort Champions!

In one day, these 24 teams sorted 24 tons of food to be distributed to people in need in the Ottawa community. Also, many teams went above and beyond, and as a result fundraised a combined total of $19,296 and approximately 300 lbs. of food!

Congratulations and thank you to all the teams involved for being such wonderful ambassadors and supporters of the Ottawa Food Bank. 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.


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

613-745-7001 ext. 121


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