Consider Donating to Local Food Banks this Christmas SeasonPublished on December 10, 2020
Kanata Food Cupboard | West Carleton Food Access Centre | Ottawa Mission | Salvation Army
[Reposted Dec 10th]
Kanata-Carleton MPP Merrilee Fullerton is urging residents to consider donating to local food banks 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 also the Ottawa Mission and the Salvation Army that are supporting those less fortunate.
“There are an increasing number of people dependent on food banks,” says Merrilee Fullerton, “This time of year, through the holiday season, individuals and families are especially appreciative of the food they receive from the charity services in our community.”
“In the weeks ahead, please consider donating to our local food banks.”
Dr. Fullerton recently visited the Kanata Food Cupboard for an update on its operations. The MPP notes that the food cupboard has experienced a significant increase in families needing support. It also has experienced a decrease in their donations, which they hope will pick up during the holidays.
The MPP will conduct a social media awareness campaign leading up to Christmas to promote the local charities and their season holidays programs and services.
The Kanata Food Cupboard is operating its annual Christmas Hamper Program. Last year the KFC assisted 582 local families, and this year we anticipate the program growing to surpass 600 families in the wake of COVID-19. The Hamper is open to all families residing in Kanata, with no income requirements, and is a confidential program. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 4th – and apply here: http://www.kanatafoodcupboard.ca/christmas.
KFC is also operating an "Adopt-A-Family Program" that will use gift cards to support families this year. In past years, adopters would purchase presents and a holiday meal for their adopted family. This year, to respect Ottawa Public Health guidelines, we are requesting the assistance of our local community adopters to digitally adopt families in need of assistance for Christmas, via online donation. Donate here: http://www.kanatafoodcupboard.ca/adoptafamilyprogram
The West Carleton Food Access Centre is organizing the annual Christmas Basket Program to help our neighbours through West Carleton. If you need a little extra help these holidays, phone the WCFAC at 613-832-5685 in the strictest of confidence. Deadline for requests is December 15th.
To donate to the WCFAC, please send monetary donations: write a cheque to West Carleton Food Access Centre and mail to WCFAC, 5670 Carp Road, Kinburn Ontario, K0A 2H0. Or you can e-transfer money to [email protected]. Call the WCFAC with any questions on how you can help this Christmas: 613-832-5685.
In the City there are also important support programs being run by The Ottawa Mission and the Salvation Army.
Contact the Ottawa Mission to provide a holiday meal for $3.47. Give Hope at Christmas: www.ottawamission.com.
Contact the Salvation Army and participate in the 130th annual Christmas Kettle Campaign – which has gone virtual due to COVID this year. The Army is also operating its Toy Mountain again this year. To learn more about the local efforts, contact: http://salvationarmyottawa.ca/
Dr. Fullerton will be profiling these charities and more through December in social media on the MPP’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.
Tiffany Lepack 613-599-3000
Constituency Assistant [email protected]