Food Hamper Delivery
When the need for food bank hamper deliveries was identified, we recruited and coordinated volunteers to do the job. Starting with just one food bank in east Ottawa, we have grown to serve 5 across the city, supported by a dedicated pool of 150 volunteers :) Our plan is to develop the food hamper delivery service into a permanent solution for the city's food banks.
Recruiting, training and deploying volunteers for deliveries can get a bit complicated. Working with local company, InItLive, technology for volunteer management is being integrated with software to map a delivery route -- reducing hours of work -- and building a long-term technological solution.
'Dinner is Served'
Not every person, or every family, can prepare safe and nutritious food.
Delivering prepared meals to those without cooking facilities, (ie temporary shelters), with physical or mental health challenges, or without financial resources to buy nutritious food was the next need we tackled.
Nutritious and culturally-sensitive meals are prepared in a not for profit kitchen. Financially supported by the Government of Canada through a Red Cross grant, we are on track to deliver nearly 10,000 meals.
Behind the scenes, we collect and curate information about community resources – business and not-for-profit – for 211ontario.ca, your guide to help in the city.
We publish community resources available during Covid-19 to support the needs of residents and the livelihood of local businesses.
And true to our roots, we refresh lists of activities to keep every age active and engaged during physical distancing.