Faces of Hunger


The biggest pleasure of working at the Ottawa Food Bank is being able to help people who need it. These people come from all walks of life. Some live alone, while others have families. Some have jobs, and others don’t. The unifying factor is that they’re hungry, and we’re so glad that through the help of the community we can provide food for them.

Here are some of their stories, in their own words.
Please note that some beneficiaries have chosen to remain anonymous or have their name changed.

Pregnant mother of four on work-leave

Last year, I ran into difficulty when I had to take work leave earlier than expected in my pregnancy. With 4 older children, it was difficult to keep up financially and we needed help. I was so happy to find that I could get the help I needed right in my community.

The Community House not only had the food bank program, but also Homework club and Preschool program for my kids. I was able to meet my neighbours in a safe and positive atmosphere and this helped me to feel safe in my community.

The Ottawa Food Bank is proud to support the work of such a dynamic program. In 2010, the Ottawa Food Bank provided over $91,000 in food supplement to help support programs at the Banff Avenue Community House.

Select the profiles below to read more stories


The Myles Family

A family in need of more

Single Parents

Young mother in community housing

“Oh, Baby” – Operation Come Home

Une jeune mère

Young woman at the J.F. Norwood House

Rachael’s story

Anne and her six children

New Canadians

Young couple who are new to Canada

The Khadra Family

Sonya’s story

Work Leave

Workplace accident

Health and Addiction

JP in need of more nutrients

Wayne needs nutrition to manage epilepsy

Dave and Centretown Emergency Food

Mental Health and addiction problems

In need of help when health fails


Thank you from the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard

Thank you to the Heron Emergency Food Centre

Thank you from the Door Youth Centre

From client to volunteer

Thank you from Youville Centre