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Ontario Trillium Foundation Supports Ottawa Food Bank with Capital Fund Grant

On June 7, 2024, the Ottawa Food Bank was pleased to host a recognition event for the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), an agency of the Government of Ontario, to recognize the significance of a $41,500 Capital Fund grant.

This OTF Capital Fund Grant, initially awarded in December 2022, helped equip a Clean Zone with the essentials needed to repackage bulk food items into smaller, more manageable sizes. Repacking foods at the Ottawa Food Bank warehouse makes it possible to standardize and consistently supervise the safe transfer of foods into smaller quantities that households across Ottawa need.

Additionally, having the “sifting and sorting” work take place in the Clean Zone here at our central food donation and distribution hub relieves pressure from neighbourhood food programs and allows them to focus on providing compassionate client service that is needed by so many now more than ever.

As the main emergency food provider in the National Capital Region, the Ottawa Food Bank works in partnership with a network of over 100 community food programs that include community food banks, food cupboards, meal programs, multi-service programs, kids’ summer nutrition programs, and after-school snack programs. The Ottawa Food Bank network receives more than 490,000 visits for food support annually. With a focus on freshness, and thanks to the community’s support, nearly 9.8 million pounds is distributed from our warehouse annually.

“This OTF investment in The Ottawa Food Bank has allowed them to purchase kitchen equipment so that bulk items can be repackaged into smaller, more manageable sizes for agency and public distribution,” said John Fraser, MPP for Ottawa South. The grant allows the Ottawa Food Bank to better serve its growing clientele and recover from the impacts of the pandemic. Thank you to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for supporting this important, life-changing organization through their Capital Fund grant.”

Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport, emphasized the significance of funding for non-profit organizations: “Our government wants to ensure that these programs and spaces remain the heart of communities across our province.”

For more information about the Ontario Trillium Foundation, visit otf.ca.

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