Holiday Food Drive

Collect for those in need this holiday season!

It is hard enough to not be able to provide gifts to your loved ones at this time of year. But not being able to provide food either is heartbreaking! 

That’s why, each November, we call on YOU and challenge workplaces across Ottawa to collect funds and non-perishable food for families in need, as part of our Holiday Food Drive, presented by our sponsor Mosaic.

Holiday Food Drive Registration will open when we launch in November!

How it works:

  • Register your workplace, team, community, school Holiday Food Drive through our online registration for to set up a physical or virtual food/fund drive
  • If you request it upon registration, we will pick up your donations in December with the help of Dymon Storage
  • At the end of your Holiday Food Drive, please fill out our Final Tally Form to let us know how you did – you can include this form with your donations, or email it in
  • You’ll find your Holiday Food Drive toolkit here
  • But before you begin the registration process, please read our Food Drive/Fundraising Handbook for further helpful information

Fill a fridge!

This year we’re challenging groups and workplaces to help us fill as many refrigerators as possible! It can cost a family of four $252 per week to fill their fridge with nutritious food.  You can help them stock up by raising funds or collecting food.

  • Fill-a-Family-Fridge: $252 or collect 84lbs of food
  • Fill-a-Fridge (single person): $63 or collect 21 lbs of food

The Holiday Food Drive is a great way to ring in the holiday season, and the proceeds help the Ottawa Food Bank provide emergency food service to its community food programs and their clients well into the winter months.

For more information, or if you have any Holiday Food Drive questions, please contact our events team.

The minimum limit for donation pick-ups is waived for Holiday Food Drive participants, however if you are able to drop off your donations, it is still greatly appreciated.

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