OC Transpo kicks-off 34th Annual Food Drive!

Since 1984, the Annual OC Transpo/Loblaw Christmas Food Drive has helped touch the lives of many people in the Ottawa community – and I know this year will be no exception.

OC Transpo is continuing their tradition of giving. On Thursday November 1 they launched the 34th annual internal food drive. Since its inception, this food drive has remained Ottawa’s single biggest food drive of the year. Over the last 34 years, OC Transpo have been able to donate over three million pounds of food and thousands of dollars to some of Ottawa’s most vulnerable residents.

Last year alone, the food drive delivered 139,322 non-perishable and food items and $38,826 in cash and food vouchers to the Ottawa Food Bank. That’s something to be proud of!

Make a monetary donation

Did you know that for every dollar you donate, the Ottawa Food Bank – because of its wholesale purchasing power – can purchase about $5 worth of food? The Ottawa Food Bank’s Online Donation option for the OC Transpo/Loblaw Christmas Food Drive makes it easy to make monetary donations.

You can make  an online donation here.

Volunteer your time!

We need over 600 volunteers to help collect thousands of food and cash donations from Ottawa residents at participating Loblaws, Your Independent Grocer, Real Canadian Superstore and No Frills grocery stores. Staff and their family and friends can volunteer for one or more three-hour shifts between 9 am and 6 pm on Saturday, December 1. This volunteer opportunity qualifies as community service hours for high school students. If you are interested, please send an email to ocvolunteer@ottawa.ca or leave a message at 613 580-2424 ext. 53639.