Continuing a 34-year tradition, City of Ottawa staff and community members came together to make the annual OC Transpo/Loblaw Christmas Food Drive a great success. 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’s Michael Street warehouse. These donations will stock the shelves of those who need some extra help during the upcoming holiday season.
On Saturday, December 1, OC Transpo buses were parked outside participating Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore, Your Independent Grocer and No Frills locations in Ottawa. More than 600 City of Ottawa employees and their families volunteered to fill the buses with donated items. In addition to the food drive, City employees also generously donated to the City’s internal campaign, which ran from November 1 to 30.
The food drive collects items for four local food banks: the Ottawa Food Bank, the Family Service Association of Churches Food Cupboard in Nepean, the Stittsville Food Bank and the Kanata Food Cupboard. Every day, the Ottawa Food Bank’s Michael Street warehouse distributes 14 tons of food. This provides 114 member agencies with supplies to feed more than 38,400 people each month.
The OC Transpo/Loblaw Christmas Food Drive is a joint effort between OC Transpo, the City of Ottawa and local Loblaw banner stores.
“Once again, OC Transpo and City of Ottawa employees have demonstrated their commitment and support to our community. I’d like to extend my sincerest thanks to the more than 600 volunteers involved in this year’s OC Transpo/Loblaw Christmas Food Drive. I would also like to commend our partners at Loblaw Companies Limited and the Ottawa Food Bank, and the kind donors whose contributions make this food drive a great success, year after year. As we approach the holiday season, it is more important than ever to show that we are a caring community that gives generously in order to help those less fortunate in our city.”
Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa
“Like a holiday tradition, Loblaw and its Ottawa area stores are proud and feel privileged to be part of the OC Transpo/Loblaw Christmas Food Drive to benefit the Ottawa Food Bank. We embrace the opportunity to give back to our community, especially this time of year where the community needs the most support. The Food drive is an event that is circled on our calendars that we look forward to all year. We would like to thank our partners from the Ottawa Food Bank, OC Transpo and all the volunteers who helped make this year’s event an incredible success. Most importantly, we would like to thank the community who continue to give more and more every year.
Jeff Brierley, Store Manager, College Square, Loblaw Companies Limited
“As we prepare for the long and cold winter months ahead, we are incredibly grateful for the generosity we received from the community through this amazing food drive. We are so thankful to have the continued support of our partners, OC Transpo and Loblaw. We thank them, the tireless volunteers and everyone who made a donation for helping us make the holidays special for families and individuals in need.”
Michael Maidment, Executive Director, Ottawa Food Bank
- The OC Transpo/Loblaw Christmas Food Drive is Ottawa's largest annual food drive.
- It fills a need when many families are struggling to make ends meet and helps ensure there is enough to eat during a time of year when demand is at its highest.
- To date, this food drive has raised more than three million pounds of food and thousands of dollars for Ottawa's most vulnerable residents.
- OC Transpo is proud to have been associated with the Ottawa Food Bank since its first year of existence. OC Transpo's first food drive was in 1984, the same year the Ottawa Food Bank was founded. It is the longest running and most successful food drive in Ottawa.
- Every day, 14 tons of food leaves the Ottawa Food Bank's Michael Street warehouse. The Ottawa Food Bank provides 114 member agencies with supplies to feed 38,400 people each month, and 35 per cent of people served are children.
- The food drive collects for four local food banks: the Ottawa Food Bank, the Family Service Association of Churches Food Cupboard in Nepean, the Stittsville Food Bank and the Kanata Food Cupboard.