Accessing Food in Challenging Times

Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Ottawa, we know that people may be facing food security issues for the first time in their lives. With so many in need, CBLCA made a $500 donation to our local food bank, FAMSAC, last month. The executive has voted to contribute an additional $250 per month for the next four months (May to September).

If you or someone you know is in need of information and referral about local emergency food options can contact 2-1-1. You can explore organizations and services available in their area (such as food banks, food delivery services, etc.) You may also refer to Food resources during COVID-19 pandemic (includes factsheet specific to isolated seniors on food access).

Good Food Ottawa

Whether struggling with income OR financially secure but looking for online options, check out GoodFoodOttawa.ca. On this site, you will find:

  • resources published by City of Ottawa regarding what is open now for emergency food support, for household and for isolated seniors
  • Savour Ottawa Buy Local Food Guide: find local farms, restaurants, markets, retail, breweries, wineries and microprocessors (including those who have online shops)
  • CSA Farms: a detailed listing of who still has boxes available for the 2020 season (CSA stands for Community Shared Agriculture farmers in the Ottawa region)
  • Groceries and Restaurants: find online stores and restaurants that are open and operating with pick up or delivery options
  • FoodLink Directory: food bank, community meal program, community kitchen or meal programs (Please check individual websites for updated COVID-19 hours as many of these may be closed or have reduced hours)
  • Farmers’ Markets: find more information on farmers’ markets in Ottawa as it becomes available.  Many are moving towards online ordering with pick-up options  

Low income and vulnerable households can order a ‘Good Food at Your Doorstep’ box full of fresh fruits and veggies for $20. There is an option to donate a box to a household financially impacted. You may also buy a box for someone you know who is having difficulties affording food by using their delivery address and phone number.

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