City of Ottawa staff and community members came together to make the 35th annual OC Transpo/Loblaw Christmas Food Drive a success. A total of 118,047 food and non-perishable items and $25,521.63 in cash and food vouchers were delivered to the Ottawa Food Bank’s Michael Street warehouse. These donations will restock the shelves to help those in need during the upcoming holiday season.
On Saturday, November 30, 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 7 to 28.
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 12 to 14 tons of food. This provides 112 member agencies with supplies to feed more than 39,000 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.
“The holiday season is an opportunity to help those who are less fortunate. Once again, OC Transpo and City of Ottawa employees have embodied this spirit by lending their support to the 35th annual OC Transpo/Loblaw Christmas Food Drive. I’d like to extend my sincerest thanks to the more than 600 volunteers involved who collected food items for the vulnerable members of our community. 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.”
Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa
“OC Transpo employees and family members have a history of supporting the community as we have seen year after year with the way they come out to make this annual OC Transpo/Loblaw Christmas Food Drive a success. Staff at OC Transpo were responsible for starting this tradition shortly after the Ottawa Food Bank came into existence in 1984. Every year they volunteer their time and energy to make this the longest running and most successful food drive in Ottawa.
Councillor Allan Hubley, Chair, Transit Commission
“Like every year, the Loblaw area stores feel privileged to host the OC Transpo/Loblaw Christmas Food Drive. We take great pride in hosting this yearly holiday tradition in which thousands of food and monetary donations are given to the Ottawa Food Bank. Of course, it's our amazing communities that continue to make every year such a tremendous success by their willingness to donate to such an important cause. We would like to thank our partners at the Ottawa Food Bank, OC Transpo, and all the volunteers who helped make this year's event, another incredible success. Our store teams are already embracing the opportunity to be part of next year's food drive.”
Jeff Brierley, Store Manager, College Square, Loblaw Companies Limited
“The holidays and cold months ahead are difficult for people on a tight budget, so we are touched by the generosity we saw during this year’s food drive. We are grateful to have the continued support of our partners, OC Transpo and Loblaw Companies. We sincerely thank them, the volunteers, and everyone who donated for helping make the holidays special for families and individuals in need.”
Michael Maidment, CEO, 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 over 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, 12 to 14 tons of food leaves the Ottawa Food Bank's Michael Street warehouse. The Ottawa Food Bank provides 112 member agencies with supplies to feed 39,000 people each month, and 37 per cent of them are children.
- The Food Drive collects for four local food banks: the Ottawa Food Bank, FAMSAC Food Cupboard located in Nepean, the Stittsville Food Bank and the Kanata Food Cupboard.
About Ottawa Food Bank
The Ottawa Food Bank is the main emergency food provider in the National Capital Region. Through a network of 112 community food programs, the Ottawa Food Bank provides food for over 39,000 people per month – 37 per cent of whom are children. With a focus on fresh, and thanks to the community’s support, on average 12 to 14 tons of food is distributed from their Michael Street warehouse every weekday. For more information regarding the Ottawa Food Bank and how you can help provide healthy, accessible, sustainable food for all, please visit www.ottawafoodbank.ca