Ottawa Food Bank

Social Service


The Ottawa Food Bank is the main emergency food provider in the National Capital Region. Our network of over 100 food banks and food programs across the city provides support to thousands of families and individuals each month. Last year, there were over 403,000 visits to these programs across the city.

The Ottawa Food Bank supports health and food security for kids, families, seniors and people living alone in Ottawa.  Of the over 10 million pounds of food distributed annually to the community, approximately 41% is fresh. This includes nutritious options like eggs, milk, bread, fish, meat, fruits, and vegetables.

Our goal is to provide the best food possible. During the growing and harvesting seasons, we grow approximately 20 different crops at our Community Harvest farm, and thanks to monetary donations, we are able to purchase a wide variety of produce during the winter months.

Volunteers are an integral part of our operation, as they sort donated food in our warehouse and harvest produce grown at our farm. It is only through all forms of giving – time, money, and food – that we are able to do what we do.

Our Impact

Gifts of every amount help the Ottawa Food Bank purchase necessary and nutritious food for the community. As a result, your support helps improve the health outcomes of tens of thousands of people who depend on the network of food banks and food programs.

The Ottawa Food Bank now spends nearly $7 million a year on food purchases to keep up with demand. Donations ensure a variety of nutritious and balanced options are available to Ottawa residents who struggle with poverty and hunger.

Because the Ottawa Food Bank buys food in such large quantities, and have amazing food industry partners and supporters, we can make your donation go further. For ever dollar donated, we can distribute approximately $5 of food to the community.

Thank you for your support. You are making a difference in the lives of thousands of people in your community.


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Legal Name

Ottawa Food Bank

Charity Number

10808 2363 RR0001

How your gift will be used

When food donations are down, or in times of emergency, your gifts will help purchase and distribute food to meet the needs of Ottawa’s most vulnerable.

Donations are used to ensure nearly half the food distributed is fresh (fruit, vegetables, bread, meat, poultry, dairy and eggs). Food programs across the city see tens of thousand of visits from families and individuals each month.

Your gifts also support community partnerships and programs that improve food security and give Ottawa residents access to culturally appropriate food. The Ottawa Food Bank works with a network of over 100 agencies across the city who provide food hampers to families, healthy after-school snacks to kids, and hot meals for people in immediate need. Other offering found at community food banks and food programs include help with food literacy, opportunities for social interaction, and help to access wrap-around programs supporting mental and physical health.

Over one-third of households who receive support from the Ottawa Food Bank have children, so your donations also buy basic needs like baby cereal, formula, diapers and wipes to help food bank clients with vulnerable little ones.


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