Consider Charitable Giving this Season

Published on December 17, 2021

Kanata Food Cupboard | West Carleton Food Access Centre | Salvation Army | Shepherds of Good Hope | Ottawa Mission

Kanata-Carleton MPP Merrilee Fullerton is asking residents to consider donating to local charities this Christmas season. In the Kanata-Carleton constituency there are two food banks: Kanata Food Cupboard and West Carleton Food Access Centre. In the City there are charities such as the Salvation Army, Shepherds of Good Hope, and The Ottawa Mission supporting those less fortunate.  

“This time of year, individuals and families are especially appreciative of the food and services they receive from the charity services in our community.” says Merrilee Fullerton, “So, I am asking if you are able, please consider donating to our local charities and food banks in the weeks ahead.”

MPP Fullerton will conduct a social media awareness campaign leading up to Christmas to promote the local charities and their season holidays programs and services. Here are five local charities that will be profiled by the MPP.

The Kanata Food Cupboard is operating its annual Christmas Hamper Program. The program is available to any family in Kanata that requires assistance for the holidays. In light of COVID-19, Christmas hampers may be different than previous years. A Christmas hamper may include a turkey, potatoes and all the fixings to prepare a holiday meal or it may include a gift card to purchase these food items. The hamper may also include a gift card to purchase gifts for children 17 and younger and for toiletries, or may include physical gifts and a toiletry basket. The deadline to apply is Sunday, December 5th – and apply here:

The Kanata Food Cupboard is a non-profit charitable organization providing food assistance to Kanata individuals and families in need. Its primary mission is to provide the healthiest possible food choices by engaging and inspiring the Kanata community. Learn more about this charity’s good work here:

The West Carleton Food Access Centre helps our neighbours through West Carleton. The Food Bank is located in the basement of the West Carleton Community Complex (the former township offices) of 5670 Carp Rd, Kinburn, ON K0A 2H0, at the corner of Carp Road and the Kinburn Side Road. Our community Food Bank is a registered charity; to remain responsive to the needs of our community WCFAC is completely independent from Ottawa Food Bank and the City.

The Food Bank normally provides four to five days of food up to once a month. Christmas baskets are also prepared. Connect to speak to a volunteer about the service or make an appointment to visit at 613-832-5685, email at [email protected], or visit Facebook for more information. Monetary or gift card donations can be mailed to the address above or eTransfers can be sent to the Gmail address above.

Contact the Salvation Army and participate in the annual Christmas Kettle Campaign. Also, the Army is operating its Toy Mountain again this year. Follow the links to learn more about the Army’s good work:

Christmas Kettle Campaign:

Toy Mountain:

Sharing the Joy of Christmas with Local Families:

To learn more about the Army in general, contact:

The Shepherds of Good Hope foster hope and reduce harm in Ottawa by supporting people experiencing homelessness and vulnerable adults. The organization manages specialized shelter programs, permanent homes in supportive housing facilities, shelter-based healthcare and a soup kitchen and evening drop-in centre in our City. The Shepherds have facilities in Kanata. Learn more about the Shepherds here:

The Ottawa Mission provides nearly 2,000 meals daily and the Mission provides holiday meals for people who are homeless and vulnerable in our City. A donation of $150 will provide 43 hot meals. Share hope and joy for the holidays:


Merrilee Fullerton will be profiling these charities and more through December in social media on the MPP’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.

If a community association or volunteer group in Kanata or West Carleton is providing services through the Christmas holidays and would like to be part of this local awareness campaign, please contact MPP Fullerton’s Community Office.


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Thomas DeGroot                           613-599-3000

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