NEWS RELEASE: A ladies luncheon in support of city’s most vulnerable

Ottawa Food Bank, Jamilah Taib Murray, and Waterford Property Group
partner to raise funds for Baby Basics Program


(Ottawa, ON) – The Ottawa Food Bank is once again be the beneficiary of Heels for Meals, hosted by Jamilah Taib Murray and Waterford Property Group and sponsored by exclusive car sponsor, Star Motors.

Heels for Meals is a fundraiser in support of the Ottawa Food Bank’s Baby Basics Program, which provides increasingly costly baby supplies and food to struggling parents across the city. This popular event is an opportunity for women to come together to network while supporting mothers, families, and babies in need.

“Imagine as a parent not being able to afford diapers, baby food, or formula. This event ensures the Ottawa Food Bank can support families with these essential baby items” said Michael Maidment, CEO of the Ottawa Food Bank. “We are honoured to partner with Jamilah Taib Murray, Waterford Property Group and STAR Motors to raise funds to help children in need in our community.”

A staggering 36 per cent of the Ottawa Food Bank’s clients are children. In 2018, baby items continued to be some of the most expensive and in-demand items for the food bank. The Ottawa Food Bank spent $160,975 on baby food and supplies during the 2017-2018 fiscal year, up nearly $34,000 from the previous fiscal. While this was an increase in funding from the year prior, it was still not enough to keep up with demand.

“As a mother, the Ottawa Food Bank, and more specifically its Baby Basics Program, is near and dear to my heart. The reality is, 36 per cent of households who receive support from the Ottawa Food Bank have children,” says Jamilah Taib Murray, Ottawa businesswoman. “Please join us on September 25th at Social Restaurant as proceeds from our fundraising luncheon, Heels for Meals, will help to purchase baby food and diapers for families in Ottawa who are struggling to provide for their young ones.”

All proceeds from Heels for Meals will go to the Ottawa Food Bank’s Baby Basics Program.

Heels for Meals Event Details:
When: Wednesday, September 25, 12 – 3 p.m.
Where: SOCIAL Restaurant (537 Sussex, Ottawa, ON)
What: A fundraising event for the Ottawa Food Bank’s Baby Basics Program featuring a luncheon and cocktail reception. A silent auction, and unique accessories will contribute to funds raised for the Ottawa Food Bank.
Tickets: $125 – tickets can be purchased online.

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For more information and media inquiries, please contact Catherine Landry at or Samantha Ingram, Communications Coordinator, Ottawa Food Bank at

About the Ottawa Food Bank
The Ottawa Food Bank is the main emergency food provider in the National Capital Region. Through a network of 114 community food programs, the Ottawa Food Bank provides food for over 37,520 people per month – 36 per cent of whom are children. Thanks to the community’s support, on average 12 to 14 tons of food is distributed from their Michael Street warehouse every weekday. For more information regarding the Ottawa Food Bank and how you can help provide healthy, accessible, sustainable food for all, please visit

About Waterford Property Group
Waterford Property Group is an Ottawa-based real estate development, management, and investment firm. For more information, please visit


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