People Who Help



A lot of people give their time, money, and food to help us alleviate hunger in Ottawa. We’re constantly amazed by the generosity of those who give of themselves to help others in need. We’d like to feature every single person who has helped the Ottawa Food Bank throughout the years, but unfortunately there isn’t enough space for it.

Here are just a few of the people who have helped us achieve so much through the years.

Cisco Systems

The Ottawa Food Bank is grateful for the support of Cisco Systems Co. and its employees who have been supporting us through their annual Harvest of Hope Campaign for more than 7 years.

In 2010, Cisco’s support helped us purchase food and keep our delivery trucks on the road – three of which were bought for us by Cisco in previous years.

Our large-scale warehouse cooler – where we keep perishable items before they are distributed to our member agencies – was also purchased for us by Cisco.

For their contribution and compassion, Cisco was recently honoured with two Ottawa Food Bank Generous Helpings Awards:

  • Corporate Partner Award
  • Corporate Volunteer of the Year Award recognizing Barb Snyder

Through corporate and employee donations, a successful annual golf tournament and countless volunteer hours (and subsequent volunteer grants), the Cisco team has truly become part of our extended team.

Thank you Cisco team, we’re proud to have you on our team helping us fight community hunger.

Billings Bridge Shopping Centre

The Ottawa Food Bank is grateful for the support of Billings Bridge Shopping Centre and everybody who participated in the Vogue Voyage contest. During their ten-day contest for a trip to Paris, Billings Bridge sold candy apples in support of the Ottawa Food Bank. We were amazed when they presented us with a cheque for $6,000 at the end of the contest. A huge thank you goes out to the team at Billings Bridge and everybody who participated in support of the Ottawa Food Bank. Your contribution will go a long way in helping us fight community hunger.


Overwhelmed by the number of presents his younger sister received for her birthday, Tomas, six years old, told his parents that he didn’t want any presents this year. Having done a food drive at school, Tomas thought it would be something he could do for his birthday too; he selflessly asked his friends to bring a non-perishable food item to his party, instead of a gift. He later came to the Ottawa Food Bank, with his parents and sister, and donated two full boxes of food. Thank you, Tomas! We hope your sister will let you play with her toys!


Pay-it-ForwardWhen Danni was a young, single mother making $150 a week, she found it difficult to make ends meet and turned to programs like the Ottawa Food Bank for assistance. Now, years later she is grateful for the support she was able to receive, and is in a fortunate enough position that she is able to give back to the community.

This year for her birthday she asked that instead of presents her friends take a moment to reflect on how blessed they are and bring  a non-perishable food item donation to her party. Danni called this her Pay-It-Forward Food Drive, and pay-it-forward she did! We were so touched to see Danni pull up with her SUV filled to the brim with food and to hear her goal of donating more next year.


Liam’s 9th birthday was coming up, and like any little boy he had a lot that he wanted. But, this year, instead of asking for the coolest toys, he asked all of his friends to bring donations for the Ottawa Food Bank. You should have seen the surprise on our faces when he came to personally deliver all of the food his friends had donated. He said that though there were things that he wanted, it was more important that other children like him had enough to eat.

Liam is an ordinary boy in many ways, but his generosity and selflessness is definitely extraordinary.


One day, out of the blue, Stuart came to the Ottawa Food Bank. He said that he wanted to make a donation, and we graciously accepted it. We often get people who drop by to donate, and we’re always amazed at how generous they are. When we looked at the cheque we noticed that he had given us $10,000. And then, just as suddenly as he appeared, he was gone. He didn’t want any special acknowledgement or treatment; he just wanted to do something good.

He continues to drop by with cheques from time to time. And every time we see him, we’re just as surprised and in awe of his generosity.


Lindsay is a local woman who occasionally used the Ottawa Food Bank when times were tough. She established herself, and started using our services less and less. Even though she no longer needs the Ottawa Food Bank, she still drops by to donate. Though she doesn’t have very much herself, she always makes it one of her priorities.

While the $5 that she gives every now and then is a lot to her, she knows that it means even more to those who are hungry.

Local Farms

Community Harvest Ontario is an initiative to engage farmers, volunteers, and food banks to work together to provide fresh produce for hungry people across the province. We loved the idea, but didn’t have the land to work with. That’s when a local farm came forward and offered us acreage to use to plant carrots. By offering property that they could’ve used for their own crops, they allowed us to really jump into the Community Harvest program head first, and start something great.

This local farm gave us something that we didn’t previously have, a way to provide people who use the Ottawa Food Bank with fresh produce grown by us. It’s something that we’re very grateful for, and that we hope to build upon for years to come.