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NEWS RELEASE: Premier Heels for Meals event in support of the Ottawa Food Bank’s Baby Basics Program

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Ottawa Food Bank and Sakto’s Jamilah Taib Murray partner to raise funds for babies in need

(Ottawa, ON) – The Ottawa Food Bank is honoured to be the beneficiary of Ottawa’s first Heels for Meals event hosted by Jamilah Taib Murray of Sakto Corporation.

Heels for Meals is a fundraiser in support of the Ottawa Food Bank’s Baby Basics Program, which provides costly baby food and supplies to struggling parents across the city. This support is vital to the Ottawa Food Bank’s operations, as 17 per cent of people accessing food banks in Ottawa are under the age of two.

“A staggering 36 per cent of our clients are children, with nearly half of them being babies under the age of two,” said Michael Maidment, Executive Director of the Ottawa Food Bank. “We are honoured to partner with Sakto Corporation to raise funds to help children in need in our community.”

In 2016, baby items were the only category at the Ottawa Food Bank that saw a price increase for every product. The Ottawa Food Bank purchased $110,803 worth of baby food and supplies during the 2015 – 2016 fiscal year. While this was an eight percent increase in funding from the year prior, it was still not sufficient to keep up with demand.

“As a mother, I know that investing in children is the greatest achievement of all,” said Jamilah Taib Murray, Chairman of Sakto Corporation and a mother of five children. “Infants are the most vulnerable and the Ottawa Food Bank’s Baby Basics Program is committed to assisting struggling parents in our community provide essentials for their infants. That’s why we’re delighted to partner with the Ottawa Food Bank for such a worthy cause.”

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

Heels for Meals Event Details:
When:
Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 12 – 3 p.m.
Where: Social (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 with high-end heels and handbags, 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 callbetty613@gmail.com or Samantha Ingram, Communications Coordinator, Ottawa Food Bank at samantha@ottawafoodbank.ca

The Ottawa Food Bank is the National Capital Region’s main emergency food provider. Through a network of approximately 112 community food programs, the Ottawa Food Bank provides food for over of 41,500 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. The Ottawa Food Bank is committed not only to providing food, but providing nutritious food. 45% of all food distributed is fresh; including eggs, milk, and meat, as they believe everyone should have access to proper nutrition. This also includes 90,000 lbs. of fruits and vegetables the Ottawa Food Bank grows on its farm. For more information regarding the Ottawa Food Bank and how you can help get your neighbours beyond hunger, please visit www.ottawafoodbank.ca.

Sakto Corporation is a privately owned and operated real estate holding and investment firm founded and located in Ottawa, Canada. Throughout its three decades of operation, Sakto Corporation has remained true to its core standard of excellence and integrity. Today, the company owns and manages multiple property holdings and is renowned as one of the nation’s capitals foremost property facilitators. Jamilah Taib Murray is the Chairman and Sean Murray is President. Visit Sakto Corporation’s FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.

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