How We Help

How the Ottawa Food Bank meets the needs of everyone in the city.

Grow

The Ottawa Food Bank not only works with local farmers and accepts fresh produce donations, but we also grow food.

Collect

The Ottawa Food Bank collects food in many different ways. Our main collection method is through our red bins at grocery stores across the city. 

Purchase

The Ottawa Food Bank spends roughly $1.6 million a year on food to ensure we are able to keep up with demand.

Sort

Once food is received from the community and our corporate and food industry partners, it is sorted into roughly 30 different categories.

Distribute

After food is sorted, it is distributed by our fleet of trucks to our 114 member agencies across Ottawa.

Fresh is best. That's our approach to raising and delivering food.

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