Food Aid Day BBQ

For Immediate Release: May 30, 2013

Beefing up for local families in need

Community invited to Ottawa Food Bank’s 9th Annual Food Aid BBQ as part of day-long Mayor’s Rural Expo

(Ottawa, ON) – Ottawa residents are invited to Ottawa City Hall this FRIDAY, May 31st for the 9th Annual Food Aid Day and inaugural Mayor’s Rural Expo. Activities, including a pancake breakfast, BBQ lunch and exposition of rural organizations, raise funds for the Ottawa Food Bank’s Food Aid Program. Funds are used to purchase and process beef from local farmers which is then distributed to individuals and families citywide who are in need of food support and nutritious protein.

Held with the support of Ottawa’s rural Councillors Stephen Blais, Eli El-Chantiry, Scott Moffatt and Doug Thompson, the event will be broadcast live from City Hall on 580 CFRA and CTV Morning Live. Listeners and viewers will be encouraged to pledge their support to the Food Aid program by coming down to Festival Plaza for the pancake breakfast and The WORKS’ BBQ, or by calling 613-738-CFRA (May 31st only). All support received throughout the day will be directed to the Food Aid Program.

Date: Friday, May 31

Time: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ottawa City Hall and Marion Dewar Plaza
110 Laurier Avenue West

  • Pancake Breakfast for Food Aid with celebrity servers
    7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
    Marion Dewar Plaza
  • Food Aid Barbecue by The WORKS
    11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Marion Dewar Plaza
  • Mayor Jim Watson special remarks to participants and guests
    12:30 p.m.
    Marion Dewar Plaza
  • Celebrity Cow Milking Contests (10:30 am and 12:30 pm)
    12:40 p.m. – Featuring Mayor Jim Watson and Laureen Harper

Access to the event is free and tickets for both the $5 pancake breakfast and $10 BBQ lunch can be purchased on-site, with all proceeds going to the Ottawa Food Bank. Live entertainment runs throughout the day.

As well, donations can be made to Food Aid on May 31st by calling 613-738-CFRA between 6 am and 4 pm that day. Donations to Food Aid are always accepted online at or by calling the Ottawa Food Bank at 613-745-7001.

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



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