You asked: How do I volunteer at the Ottawa Food Bank?

Individuals, students, and families looking to volunteer on a regular basis throughout the year must attend a Volunteer information Session (less than an hour in length). These sessions provide information on the Ottawa Food Bank, volunteer opportunities, and include a tour of our facility.

How can I help the Ottawa Food Bank?

Individual volunteers and groups are required to book in advance of volunteering with the Ottawa Food Bank.

Our regular volunteer opportunities include but are not limited to:

  1. Office support.
  2. Warehouse help.
  3. Food sorting.
  4. Delivery driver’s assistants.
  5. Farmer field helpers.
  6. Special events assistants.
  7. Work place ambassadors.

Are food banks run by volunteers?

Volunteers are the driving force behind foodbanks. There are thousands of volunteers across the UK, helping The Trussell Trust Foodbank Network get emergency food to people in crisis. We want you to enjoy volunteering and there are lots of ways to get involved.

How old do you have to be to volunteer at the food bank in Ontario?

We are accepting new individual volunteers if you are 18+, and can commit to coming once a week.

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How can I help my local food pantry?

12 Ways You Can Help Your Local Food Bank

  1. Volunteer. …
  2. Host a pantry donation party. …
  3. Give money. …
  4. Find out if your company participates in a matching gift program. …
  5. Make a holiday donation in someone else’s name. …
  6. Don’t donate items that your food bank can’t use.

Who funds the Ottawa Food Bank?

One of the amazing things about the Ottawa Food Bank, is that it is truly an organization for the community and supported by the community. Over 90 per cent of their funding comes from community sources, with the remainder coming from the municipal government.

Is the Ottawa Food Bank a registered charity?

Ottawa Food Bank is a Major 100 charity, one of Canada’s largest charities.

Do food banks need to register as a food business?

Registration. If you are providing food on a regular and organised basis, or are setting up a food bank or a community operation, you may need to register with your local authority.

What can you not donate to a food bank?

What can you donate to a food bank? The main thing to bear in mind is that whatever you give may be stored for some time before it goes to those who need it. Avoid things like fresh fruit and veg, fish, meat and dairy products as it might go bad and the food bank is unlikely to accept it.

Who can use food banks in Ontario?

Yes, as a resource for individuals and families experiencing or at risk of poverty, access to food banks is free.

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What is needed most at food banks?

Specifically, food banks often need items like:

  • Canned soup.
  • Canned fruit.
  • Canned vegetables.
  • Canned stew.
  • Canned fish.
  • Canned beans.
  • Pasta (most prefer whole grain)
  • Rice (most prefer brown rice)