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Event Date: Sunday, August 18, 2013

Ottawa Trees to Tables Project launch

Hidden Harvest and Ottawa Food Bank work together to utilize fruit and nut bearing trees in the Ottawa area

(Ottawa) Join the team from Hidden Harvest at the Ottawa Farmers’ Market for a demonstration on how they, along with partners Ottawa Food Bank and Cisco Systems, are connecting the fruits of nature to those in need through the Trees to Tables Project.

“As a member agency of the Ottawa Food Bank, Centre 507 is delighted to receive fresh fruit from the Ottawa Trees to Tables project. As a social service agency that feeds over 33,000 people each year fresh fruit is scarce and nutritious foods are so important to a healthy diet,” says Shea Kiely, the Centre’s Executive Director. “We are very appreciative of this new social enterprise and think it’s a fantastic initiative”.

The City of Ottawa has more than 4,000 food-bearing trees throughout the municipality. These trees produce fresh food that the Ottawa Trees to Tables project, working with volunteers citywide, collects and makes available to those who need it the most . Cisco Systems’ Ottawa R&D group is supporting the project with funding as well as employee volunteers.

What:              Ottawa Trees to Tables Project Launch

When:             Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.

Where:            Ottawa Farmers’ Market – Brewer Park

Who:               Hidden Harvest, Ottawa Food Bank

Hidden Harvest Ottawa seeks to ensure that urban fruit and nut trees get fully utilized. Hidden Harvest Ottawa will train Neighbourhood Leaders, coordinate access to City-owned trees, organize harvest events, and help measure social return on investment.

The Ottawa Food Bank is the Region’s central emergency food assistance organization. Through its 140 member agencies, the Ottawa Food Bank helped 48,000 individuals last month, 37 per cent of whom were children.

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