Every year, World Food Day is celebrated on the 16th of October. World Food Day was established in honour of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 1945, and is observed annually to draw attention to issues surrounding food insecurity and world hunger.
This year, the theme of World Food Day is Leave No One Behind.
Our actions are our future, and the future’s in our hands. Below are a few ways you can take action!
Double ODSP Now
Insufficient social support rates leave the most vulnerable behind when it comes to food security. Food banks are here to help fill these gaps, but no one should have to choose between rent and groceries. ODSP has been compared to legislated poverty and must be raised to meet the cost of living.
Contact your MPP to Double ODSP Now using this template.
Make a Monetary Donation
A monetary donation directly helps over 50,000 people in Ottawa obtain access to the food they need.
As the Ottawa Food Bank is able to purchase food in such large quantities (and thanks to our amazing food industry partners and supporters), we can make your monetary donation stretch further. This means that every dollar donated helps us deliver $5 of food to the community!
The bowl of cereal that fills a child’s stomach, the can of soup that warms an elderly person, the lunch that sustains the person working hard at finding employment—these are the situations that make the work we do so rewarding. Help the Ottawa Food Bank fight hunger by giving food.
You can drop off a donation at one of our drop-off locations or at the Ottawa Food Bank.
Hold a Food/Fund Drive
You know that feeling you get when you donate to the Ottawa Food Bank? Why not share that feeling with your colleagues or friends by holding a food drive, fund drive, or fundraising event. There are many ways to do it – consider holding a food drive or set up a virtual fundraiser to celebrate a special occasion. Not only will you be making a difference, but you’ll be having a lot of fun while you do it.
Food and fundraising events provide the Ottawa Food Bank with the necessary resources to sustain our programs and ensure that a supply of emergency food is available to those who may need it.