(Ottawa) The Ottawa Food Bank has officially launched its Christmas campaign with the goal of raising awareness about the fact that many children and families will be opening empty refrigerators, instead of gifts, this Christmas morning.
The Ottawa Food Bank is working hard to continue to provide more healthy food options to people in need and are asking Ottawa residents to donate money to help feed the community over the holidays and well into the New Year.
“Fresh foods, which can’t be donated at the grocery store or during food drives, help ensure our community’s most vulnerable receive the benefits of a balanced diet,” says Michael Maidment, Executive Director, Ottawa Food Bank. “However during the winter months with the growing season over, Community Harvest, our farming program, can no longer provide us with fresh fruits and vegetables, and as a result we have to spend more on these purchases.”
The Ottawa Food Bank receives approximately 40 per cent of its annual donations around the holiday season, and this year they’re asking people to dig a little deeper.
“We’re always so inspired by people’s generosity at this time of year. With October and November having been unusually low for donations of food and funds we’re urging people to donate cash in addition to their usual food donations,” says Maidment.
To help the Ottawa Food Bank fill plates and refrigerators throughout the City visit ottawafoodbank.ca/empty or call 613-745-7001.
The Ottawa Food Bank is the National Capital Region’s central emergency food assistance organization. Through its 140 member agencies, the Ottawa Food Bank helps 48,000 individuals per month, 37 per cent of whom are children.
For more information contact:
Director, Communications & Development
Ottawa Food Bank