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The Ottawa Food Bank and Ottawa Public Health to paint a picture of hunger in the City during First Annual Harvest Breakfast fundraiser

For Immediate Release: Sept. 22, 2015

(Ottawa, ON) To celebrate the harvest season and recognize Hunger Awareness Week, the Ottawa Food Bank will be hosting their inaugural Annual Harvest Breakfast fundraiser at the Shaw Conference Centre on September 24.

The breakfast, emceed by CTV’s Michael O’Byrne, will raise funds to support the purchase of fresh produce during the winter months once the Ottawa Food Bank’s growing and harvest season is done, but and will serve as a platform to release new information about what hunger looks like in the City of Ottawa.

Ottawa Public Health will be attending to officially release their 2015 annual Nutritious Food Basket Survey which outlines the cost of a healthy diet in the City of Ottawa.

What:
Raise funds for the Ottawa Food Bank
Release of hunger statistics and Nutritious Food Basket Survey
PHOTO AND/OR INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY
(interviews can be conducted after the program is completed)                       

When:
September. 24, 2015
7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Where:
Shaw Conference Centre, (55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa)
Top floor – Trillium Ballroom

Who:
Michael Maidment
Executive Director, Ottawa Food Bank

Sherry Nigro
Manager, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Ottawa Public Health

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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

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) provides public health programs and services to individuals and communities and advocates for public policies that make our city and its residents healthier. Each year, OPH conducts the Nutritious Food Basket Survey in accordance to a protocol established by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. The results of the survey are used for program planning, to inform policy decision and to support and promote access to healthy and affordable foods.

 

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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