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Food programs

The Ottawa Food Bank

The Ottawa Food Bank collects and distributes fresh and non-perishable food to community food programs, who then provide it to those in need. The Food Bank also provides supplies such as diapers, toiletries and cleaning supplies.

If you or someone you know is hungry, and in need of a little help:

Find food

2-1-1 food resources

2-1-1 can connect you with food resources such as:

  • Food banks and referrals
  • Food access for seniors/people with disabilities
  • Cooking classes and facilities
  • Food delivery for people who are homebound
  • Food for special dietary needs
  • Free/low-cost meals
  • Growing/picking your own food

To get help:


2-1-1 or 613-761-9076 offers a directory of food banks and community food programs for Ottawa. This includes free or low-cost food for people in need on an on-going, seasonal, and emergency basis. Services may include food banks, community gardens, Good Food Boxes, youth nutrition programs, and nutrition education programs. To get help:

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Catherine Street Community Service Hub

The Catherine Street Community Service Hub, located at 370 Catherine Street, is a safe resting space where residents can access City and community social supports in one location. The hub offers services by a team of Community and Social Services and community partner agency staff.  The hub is open from Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm.


  • Somerset West Community Health Centre community support staff
  • Financial and social assistance:
    • Ontario Works
    • Ontario Disability Support Program
    • Essential Health and Social Supports Program
    • Child care fee subsidy application support
  • Housing support and referrals
  • Employment services (Employment Ontario)
  • Community and health services referrals

Residents can access:

  • Walk-in and scheduled appointments for services
  • Safe resting space and seating
  • Washrooms
  • Charging stations
  • Public computers
  • Wi-Fi
  • Telephones

Contact us
613-580-2400 ext. 26468

Employment and Social Service Centres


370 Catherine Street, 1st floor (near Bay Street)
613-580-2424 ext. 26402
8 am to 4:30 pm


2339 Ogilvie Road, 1st floor (Beacon Hill Shopping Centre)
613-580-2424 ext. 12240
8 am to 4:30 pm


100 Constellation Drive, 2nd Floor (near Baseline and Woodroffe)
613-580-2424 ext. 27480
8 am to 4:30 pm


2020 Walkley Road (near Conroy Road)
613-580-2424 ext. 15041
8 am to 4:30 pm

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Would you like to receive news about our programs and services through your email? If so, sign up for our Employment and Social Services e-newsletter. Each month, you will get an email with information on things like:

  • Finding a job
  • Workshops
  • Job fairs
  • Programs and services
  • And more

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