Ottawa Food Bank begins their Spring Food Drive this Saturday

For Immediate Release: April 1, 2016

(OTTAWA) The Ottawa Food Bank will officially launch its annual Spring Food Drive this Saturday, April 2nd, encouraging individuals to donate non-perishable items at local participating grocery stores. The food drive will continue on Sunday, April 3rd at Metro, Loblaws, Superstores, No Frills, and Your Independent Grocer locations across the city.

“After a Winter that started slow, and then hit us hard, this is an ever-important food drive to help up maintain food levels so we can keep up with the need in our city”, says Michael Maidment, Executive Director at the Ottawa Food Bank.

In 2015, the Spring Food Drive brought in 25,000 pounds of food. The donated food goes towards helping the families and individuals in the Ottawa community who require food assistance from one of the Ottawa Food Bank’s 140 member agencies.

Volunteers will be at participating grocery stores handing out paper grocery bags encouraging customers to donate their favourite items.

For more information, including a list of participating grocery store locations, please visit the Ottawa Food Bank’s event calendar at

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 About the Ottawa Food Bank

The Ottawa Food Bank is the region’s central food assistance organization. Through its 140 member agencies, the Ottawa Food Bank provides food for 50,000 people per month, 37 per cent of whom are children. On average, 12 to 14 tons of food is distributed from its Michael Street warehouse every weekday. For more information on how the Ottawa Food Bank helps its neighbours get beyond hunger, or to make a secure online donation, please visit:

For more information contact:

Samantha Ingram
Communications Coordinator
613-745-7001 ext. 105


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