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Media Advisory: Ottawa Food Bank cultivates new partnership at its farming project

The Home Depot and Trent Lumber to donate materials, expertise, and time to build large-scale equipment storage shed

(Ottawa, ON) The Kanata location of Home Depot as well as Trent Lumber will donate materials, expertise, and time to build a secure, 12’ x 20’ equipment storage shed on the Ottawa Food Bank’s six-acre farming project in Stittsville. The build will take place on-site at the farm on August 27.

This shed will house and secure equipment and tools used to help the Ottawa Food Bank’s Community Harvest program realize its purpose of providing fresh food to its 140 member food agencies and those they serve throughout the city.

About Community Harvest

Community Harvest is the Ottawa Food Bank’s farming project, which grows a variety of fresh foods for distribution to its member agencies and clients. Last year the farming project yielded more than 73,000 lbs. of produce. This, along with produce both purchased and donated, accounted for a record amount of 167,000 of fresh fruits and vegetables distributed to people in need. In 2014, 47 per cent of food distributed citywide by the Ottawa Food Bank was fresh – largely thanks to the Community Harvest program.

What:              Visit our farm, while it’s in full bloom, as our newly donated shed gets built
PHOTO AND/OR INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY

When:             August 27, 2015
10:15 – 10:45 a.m.

Where:           Ottawa Food Bank farming project, Tom Black Family Farm
Mansfield Rd, Stittsville (location link)

Who:               Jason Gray
Community Harvest Coordinator, Ottawa Food Bank

Michael Maidment
Executive Director, Ottawa Food Bank

Mike Holland
Home Depot, Kanata

Steve Sow
Trent Lumber

 

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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 were children. On average, 12 to 14 tons of food is shipped from its Michael Street warehouse each and every weekday. For more information on how the Ottawa Food Bank helps its neighbours move beyond hunger, or to make a secure online donation, please visit: www.ottawafoodbank.ca

For further information please contact:

Samantha Ingram
Communications Coordinator
Ottawa Food Bank
w: 613-745-7001 ext. 105
c: 613-809-7691
samantha@ottawafoodbank.ca

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