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Ottawa Food Bank’s Spring Food Drive

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Ottawa Food Bank begins their Spring Food Drive this Saturday

(OTTAWA) The Ottawa Food Bank will officially launch its annual Spring Food Drive this Saturday, April 12th, encouraging individuals to donate non-perishable items at local grocery stores. The food drive will take place this coming weekend, as well as Saturday, April 19th at Metro, Loblaws, Superstores, and Your Independent Grocer locations across the city.

“After an exceptionally long winter, this food drive is essential in helping us restock the shelves in our community food programs across the city”, says Michael Maidment, Executive Director at the Ottawa Food Bank.

In 2013, the Spring Food Drive brought in 114,000 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 in which customers place their donations. Additional volunteers are still needed; please visit www.volunteer.ottawafoodbank.ca to register to help.

For more information, including a list of participating grocery store locations please visit the Ottawa Food Bank website at www.ottawafoodbank.ca.

About the Ottawa Food Bank

The Ottawa Food Bank is the Ottawa Region’s central food assistance organization. Through its 140 member agencies, the Ottawa Food Bank helps approximately 48,000 individuals per month, 37 per cent of whom are children. On average, 12 to 14 tons of food is shipped from its Michael Street warehouse every working day. For additional information, visit www.ottawafoodbank.ca.

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For more information contact:
Patti Murphy
Director, Communications & Development
Ottawa Food Bank
613-745-7001
patti@ottawafoodbank.ca

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