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Sunshine brought us together at Food Aid BBQ

Thank you to all who joined us for an afternoon in the sun at our Food Aid BBQ, presented by Casino Lac-Leamy, at Ottawa City Hall on June 7th.

This annual event helps raise money for our Food Aid Beef Program, which purchases from local beef providers in an effort of provide nutrient-rich ground beef to families and individuals in need. This is an expensive product that is always in demand at our community food programs. This event is also an opportunity to shine a light on amazing rural organization in the heart of the city.

Thanks to the generous support of individuals and organizations in the Ottawa community, this year’s Food Aid BBQ raised $79,808! This total far exceeds last year’s fundraiser. Thank you all for your generosity.

Mother Nature was on our side and brought perfect BBQ weather to help the amazing team from The WORKS as they volunteered their time and grilled up delicious Works Burgers for approximately 990 of our closest friends.

Thank you to Bell Media and Ottawa’s PURE Country 94 for keeping the energy level high by filling Marion Dewar Plaza with music all day long.

Thank you to Wyatt McWilliams, Peter Ruiter, Paul Mussell, the amazing rural community, and the Food Aid Committee for your continued support, hard work, and dedication. We appreciate all you have done for this event for the last 15 years.

Thank you to the wonderful organizations who supported the Ottawa Food Bank and our Food Aid Program through the BBQ. We appreciate the support from our major Food Aid donor, the Mechanical Contractors Association of Ottawa. MCA Ottawa works hard every year to raise a very generous donation for the Ottawa Food Bank’s Food Aid Program through their Charity Golf Tournament.

Thank you to our amazing volunteers who helped make the day so great. Algonquin College Student Services and MPI Ottawa Chapter were a great help greeting all the customers throughout the day, and thank you to the Gloucester Lions Club for helping us set up, bright and early and continuing to help throughout the event. Further thank you to this amazing group from the Lions Club for donating a very generous $1,500 to the cause. We appreciate your ongoing support!

The day would not have been possible, if it weren’t for the amazing sponsors who helped it all come together. Our presenting sponsor, Casino Lac-Leamy, was generous with their time and support throughout the entire event – beginning to end. Thank you to Ritchie Feed & Seed for sponsoring and supporting the Celebrity Cow Milking Competition. Congratulations to Claire Hafner from the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association for holding her title as the Cow Milking Competition CHAMP!

Thank you also to Bell Media, The WORKS, The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association ,Canadian Meat Council, Ontario Federation of Agriculture, and the City of Ottawa.  Each one of these organizations have had a long relationship with the Ottawa Food Bank and the Food Aid BBQ, and we are incredibly grateful.

As always, it is a pleasure to work with the City of Ottawa and their Rural Affairs Office to make this day happen and to compliment it with the Mayor’s Rural Expo.

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