The greatest measure of our success is our clients’ ability to succeed.

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Cashing in investments such as Shares and Mutual Funds may trigger capital gain tax. Canada Revenue Agency, however, has introduced a way for donors to offset this impact, and realize significant tax savings, by donating shares directly to a charity such as the Ottawa Food Bank. This, therefore, is a beneficial option to selling securities and donating the cash.
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Planned giving is a great way to make a lasting impact on reducing local hunger in our community. It’s a gift that lasts beyond the donor’s lifetime, and can provide significant tax benefits.
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How it Helps

The bowl of cereal that fills a child’s stomach, the can of soup that warms an elderly person, the lunch that sustains the person working hard at finding employment—these are the situations that make the work we do so rewarding. Help the Ottawa Food Bank fight hunger by giving food.

Drop off your donation at one of our drop-off locations or at the Ottawa Food Bank. Consider holding a food drive with friends, in your workplace or at your school. To learn more about holding an event, please visit our events page, or call 613-745-7001.


Food We Gratefully Accept

Non-perishable, nutritious food items such as canned meats and vegetables, cereal and rice are easy to store and deliver to our member agencies. Take a look at this list to see what kind of food our clients need most, or if you’d prefer to donate money, click here. Ontario’s Donation of Food Act, 1994 absolves any food donor (individual or corporate) from liability when the food is donated in good faith.

Drop off these non-perishable food items at one of our drop off locations

Most needed items:

  • Baby Diapers
  • Baby Food & Formula
  • Canned Fish & Meat
  • Canned Vegetables & Fruit
  • Cereal (Whole Grains)
  • Dry Pasta (Whole Grain) & Sauce
  • Legumes (Canned or Dried)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Rice (brown)
  • Stews & Chili

Call us to pick up these perishable foods or bring them to our warehouse:

  • Fruit
  • Vegetable
  • Bread
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Butter

Food Drop Off Locations – Postal Code Lookup

Food we cannot accept

We want to ensure all your donations make it to the tables of those in need, so to prevent waste please avoid donating the following:

  • Vitamins
  • Over the counter medications (i.e. Tylenol, Advil etc.)
  • Home baked-goods or food prepared in a home environment
  • Personally wrapped meats
  • Opened food items, or food not in its original container/packaging
  • Candy and snack food items in packaging that can easily be tampered with or contaminated (i.e. individual raisin boxes,  foil-wrapped treats etc.)

When donating snacks please keep in mind that a nutritious treat is always preferred.

*The above standards are put in place by Food Banks Canada, and are to be utilized by all food banks and food programs.

How It Helps

Our biggest donors are the people who donate their time – our volunteers. Volunteers help us fight hunger in the community by assisting us in the work we do. The feeling of being an integral part of getting food to those who need it in our community is unmatched.

Volunteering is not only a great help to us, it’s also incredibly rewarding for those who give their time. The kind-hearted people who volunteer with the Ottawa Food Bank help us, in the most hands-on way possible, get our neighbours beyond hunger.

Individuals, students, and families looking to volunteer on a regular basis throughout the year must attend a Volunteer information Session (less than an hour in length). These sessions provide information on the Ottawa Food Bank, volunteer opportunities, and include a tour of our facility.

Corporate and community groups interested in booking a group food sorting shift at the Ottawa Food Bank or participating in our Community Harvest farming program should email Jo-Anne for more information and to book a shift.

If you’re planning on volunteering with the Ottawa Food Bank, please take a moment to read our VOLUNTEER HANDBOOK.

If you have any questions, please email Jo-Anne.


Use our look up tool to find the community food program in your neighbourhood.


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