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World Food Day

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.

"Whether you’re a government, private business, NGO, journalist, city, or a civil society organization, we need you to spread the call for action through activities and events (even online, if COVID-19 health measures advise against physical gatherings)”

- Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Our actions are our future, and the future’s in our hands. Below are a few ways you can take action!

Make a Monetary Donation

A monetary donation directly helps 39,040 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!

Donate Food

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.

Kraft Heinz Pantry Day

This World Food Day, Canadians can participate in the country’s largest one-day, donation matching event for Food Banks Canada, Kraft Heinz Pantry Day! Kraft Heinz Canada has committed $20 Million of product to Food Banks Canada over the next 5 years through Kraft Heinz Pantry Day.

Participating products include any variety of Kraft Peanut Butter, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Kraft Salad Dressing, Kraft Dinner, Heinz by Nature, Classico Pasta Sauce, Maxwell House Coffee or Heinz Ketchup. 

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