ODBF is proud to donate $5,000 in support of The Ottawa Food Bank. The Ottawa Food Bank is a non-profit organization aimed at providing emergency food relief to those in need within the city. These emergency food programs come in the form of downtown chelters, community food banks, after after school programs, and meal programs. Their mission is to improve access to healthy food, to expand their capacity and resilience in their food bank network, to cultivate social innovation in food banking, and to participate in advocacy and social change.
The Ottawa Food Bank currently runs 112 emergency food programs across the city, helping to provide 39,000 people with the food that they need every month. On average, the Ottawa Food Bank distributes between 12 to 14 ones of food to those in need but this number has increased due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Since March, the Ottawa Food Bank has seen a 326 percent increase of calls from individuals needing their assistance. They have since successfully distributed over 4.5 million dollars worth of food to members of the community and have made close to 500 deliveries to households of individuals and families who are self- isolating.
These funds will help to keep up with the demand that the Ottawa Food Bank has seen amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, especially heading into the colder weather season. This will help to empower people across the city by increasing their access to healthy food and other essential goods needed.
Further donations can be made by visiting ODBF.CA or by texting ODBF to (613)-703-5852.
Established to focus on philanthropic efforts in the local community, the foundation has raised $4.8 million in support of 51 local charities.
A recipient of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Ottawa Chapter Outstanding Philanthropic Group in 2018. In 2020 ODBF is proud to support Ottawa Food Bank, Debra Dynes Family House, Carefor Health & Community Services, Ausome Ottawa, Canadian Ski Patrol, Camp Ooch, St. Luke’s Table, St Joe’s Women’s Centre, A New Day Youth and Adult Services, Children at Risk.