Did you know this annual food drive began the same year the Ottawa Food Bank opened its doors? With a long-standing, special relationship for over a third of a century, we’ve been able to work together and continue to make the OC Transpo/Loblaw Christmas Food Drive the single biggest drive in Ottawa each year.
Over the past 35 years, the food drive has raised over three million pounds of food and thousands of dollars in cash donations. Last year alone, a total of 121,038 food and non-perishable items and $38,400 in cash and food vouchers were delivered to the Ottawa Food Bank.
Do you know why this food drive continues to be such a success? It’s because of the generosity of people like you who continue to donate and volunteer your time to help make a difference. Let’s work together to make this year another huge success.
Want to get involved? Here’s how you can help!
Make a food donation
You will now find donation boxes at several City of Ottawa facilities ready to be filled with canned and non-perishable items, including: rice, soup, tuna, pasta, diapers, baby food, baby formula, peanut butter, tomato sauce, and stews.
Donation boxes are located at the following locations:
- 1500 St-Laurent Boulevard
- 875 Belfast Road
- 899 Belfast Road
- 925 Belfast Road
- All OC Transpo garages
- 370 Catherine Street
- 101 Centrepointe Drive – Ben Franklin Place
- 100 Constellation Crescent
- 110 Laurier Avenue – City Hall
- 2339 Ogilvie Road
- 2799 Swansea Crescent
- 2020 Walkley Road
- 1490 Youville Drive, Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Centre-Orleans
- 1115 Dunning Road, RJ Kennedy Arena
- 951 Clyde Avenue
There are also many fun ways to donate and get involved as a team – you can create some friendly competition amongst your colleagues, or you could even do a bake-off in exchange for donations.
Make a monetary donation
Did you know that for every dollar you donate, the Ottawa Food Bank – because of its wholesale purchasing power – can deliver about $5 worth of food? The Ottawa Food Bank’s Online Donation option for the OC Transpo/Loblaw Christmas Food Drivemakes it easy to make monetary donations.
Sharing is caring! Sharing the link to the Online Donation page is easy – you can post it on your social media accounts for friends and family to see, or you can send it to them via email.
Volunteer your time!
Once again, we need over 600 volunteers to help collect thousands of food and cash donations from Ottawa residents at participating Loblaws, Your Independent Grocer and Real Canadian Superstore and No Frills grocery stores. Staff and their family and friends can volunteer for a 3.5-hour shift between 10 am and 5 pm on Saturday, November 30. This volunteer opportunity qualifies as community service hours for high school students. If you are interested, please visit the Ottawa Food Bank’s new online volunteer registration site.