While Ottawa has remained relatively stable during the challenging economic climate, thousands of city residents still need emergency food assistance every month, said Ottawa Food Bank executive director Peter Tilley.
In an effort to stock its shelves after the slow summer months, the food bank is currently holding its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.
Food drive bags, printed with a most-needed items list, are now available. Residents can drop off filled bags at Metro and Loblaws grocery stores across the city.
The food bank is encouraging the public to think of the less fortunate as they plan their Thanksgiving dinners, Tilley said.
“The reality is that not everyone can afford a basic meal, let alone a turkey with all the fixings.”
Ottawa Food Bank is the distribution centre for 135 social service agencies — including drop-in centres and shelters — across the National Capital Region. Last month, more than 43,000 people, including 16,000 children, received emergency food assistance through programs that the food bank supports.
The food drive continues through Oct. 11.