Welcome to the Centretown Emergency Food Centre

The Centretown Emergency Food Centre, located at 507 Bank Street in the basement of Centretown United Church, serves those in need of food in the area of Ottawabordered by Wellington Street on the north, Billings Bridge to the south, Lyon Street to the west and Main Street, including Lees Avenue, to the east.

While the nature of our clientele has shifted over the years as the demographics of our catchment area have changed, demand for food from people living on social assistance, with disabilities and on low-income jobs has remained throughout the years. In particular, the Centre now serves a higher number of newcomers and children due to the recent increase in amount of subsidized housing available for families in Centretown.

Our full-time Coordinator directs the operation of the Food Centre with a small staff and the help of dedicated teams of volunteers. During COVID-19, the Food Centre has adapted its hours and service model to respect public health regulations and to protect clients, staff and volunteers from infection.