The Ottawa Food Bank would like to clarify its position on food donations in light of recent media stories regarding a decision by the Parkdale Food Centre to limit certain types of food donations.
The Ottawa Food Bank is a central agency that collects and distributes food to a network of 140 agencies throughout the City of Ottawa. Those agencies vary from small emergency food cupboards to school breakfast programs to larger community food banks. While the Parkdale Food Centre is a member agency of – and receives food from – the Ottawa Food Bank, they are an independent organization with their own charitable status, board of directors, staff, and volunteers. The decision to accept and distribute certain types of food is solely theirs. They do not speak on behalf of the Ottawa Food Bank nor do they speak on behalf of the other 139 member agencies supported by the Ottawa Food Bank.
For 30 years, the Ottawa Food Bank has been fighting hunger in our community by providing food to people in need. We take a balanced approach to the food we offer based on Canada’s Food Guide, which includes an assortment of perishable and non-perishable food and increasingly includes fresh food such as milk, eggs, fruit, vegetables, grains, beef, chicken, and pork.
We value every donation of food and every financial donation made to the Ottawa Food Bank and work hard to ensure it reaches a family, child, or individual in need.
Thank you for your continued support.
For more information, please read Parkdale Food Centre’s statement and response.