Remembering Betty Neelin

The Centretown Emergency Food Centre lost a very dear friend when its long-time supporter Elisabeth (Betty) Neelin died on July 22, 2022 at the age of 90 years. Her funeral took place on Sunday, August 14 at 2 … Read More

Walk for the Centre

Walk supporting the CEFC! Sunday, October 2nd from 1:30pm to 4pm. Details below. Our traditional in-person walk, organized by CCSAC, is returning in 2022. A virtual option will be available for those who wish to walk on their … Read More

Corpus Christi School food drive

Corpus Christi School held a very successful Lenten Food drive for the CEFC , its second large food drive for us this year, collecting over 1055 items to help fill our shelves in the coming weeks! We are … Read More

Summer Assistant Position

Position:  Summer Assistant, Centretown Emergency Food Centre (CEFC)     Tasks and Responsibilities: Under the direction of the Manager, assisting with the day-to-day operations of the Food Centre and participating in projects intended to lead to the development … Read More

Moving downstairs

The Food Centre has moved its service downstairs:  As of October 4, the Food Centre no longer has access to the main floor accessible room we had been using as a client service space at 507 Bank St. … Read More

School Drives are a Big Help!

School Drives are a Big Help!  This fall Corpus Christi Separate School was the first of our local schools to hold a foo d drive for our Food Centre.  Each class collected boxes of much-needed food staples that … Read More

Glebop Jazz 

Glebop Jazz performed a lively outdoor concert for a very appreciative audience in Patterson Creek Park on Friday August 6  and another concert on Friday, September 10. This was the third concert for Glebop at that location, each … Read More

Virtual Walk For the Centre a Great Success

The Centretown Emergency Food Centre is pleased to announce that this year’s Virtual Walk For The Centre, organized by the Centretown Churches Social Action Committee and held on October 3, was a great success. Over 25 teams and many individuals … Read More

KhalsaAid Donates Personal Care Items

Volunteers from KhalsaAid Canada delivered toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo and feminine hygiene products to the Centretown Emergency Food Centre on June 22nd. We are so happy to have these items to distribute. We extend our sincere thanks to Komal … Read More

Thank you, St. Patrick Basilica!

Thank you, St. Patrick Basilica! Rob and Sean drop of food items donated by the parishioners of St. Patrick’s. We are so grateful for the generosity of the churches in our neighbourhood.

Tim Hortons Thanks CEFC

On Tuesday, March 2, Danielle from Tim Hortons delivered treats to the Food Centre. Local Tim Hortons franchisees reached out as part of an initiative to thank food bank volunteers and staff during these difficult and stressful times. … Read More

Thank you, McKeen Metro Glebe!

Over the holidays, McKeen Metro, in partnership with Metro Ontario, collected donations to help local food banks and shelters and have chosen to donate these funds to the Centretown Emergency Food Centre. We are so very grateful to … Read More


2020 was a challenging year. Along with dealing with COVID, we mourned the loss of our coordinator of 26 years, Kerry Kaiser, who passed away at the end of November. But, even in the face of these difficult … Read More

Food Drives

During December, many of our local schools have organized food drives for the Food Centre. We are very grateful to students at Corpus Christi, Elgin Street, First Avenue, Glashan,  Glebe Montessori, Hopewell, Lady Evelyn, Lisgar Collegiate and Mutchmor.  … Read More

Our New Manager

Dear Food Centre friends. I am pleased to announce that Diana Mahaffy has been appointed as Manager of the Centretown Emergency Food Centre, effective October 26, 2020. Diana brings to this position extensive experience gained in the charitable … Read More

Virtual Walk For The Centre 2020

CCSAC’s Virtual Walkathon in benefit of our Food Centre on October 4 was a great success. With 23 teams participating, our 5th annual walkathon has raised approximately $34,000 for the Food Centre, funds that will be used to purchase … Read More

New Fridge

In July, the Food Centre was very pleased to receive a grant from the Ottawa Food Bank, with special funding from the Taggart Foundation, for a new, double- door commercial refrigerator. The new fridge, which doubles are cold-storage … Read More

Donation from Royal Canadian Legion

The Food Centre is very grateful to the Montgomery Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion for a very generous donation of $1,500 to the Food Centre. Montgomery Branch President Garry Beaupré and his colleague Lionel Rowe (left) presented … Read More

Flora Hall Donation

Flora Hall Brewery owner, Dave Longbottom,  is seen presenting  a generous donation to Food Centre Chair, Allison Dingle, in May.  Flora Hall is also donating 5% of every take-out meal  to the Food Centre. Photo: Peter Simpson.

Face Shields for the Food Centre

Summer student Kevin Chatter and Acting Coordinator, Billy El-Cheikh,  try out the face shields presented to the Food Centre by Matt  Chiykowski of Conquer COVID- 19. We also received a supply of sanitizing spray and hand sanitizer to … Read More

April Update

We are now serving clients pre-packed food in the former Chapel.

AGM for 2019

The Food Centre’s AGM took place via Zoom on Wednesday, May 27 AGM report, Centretown Emergency Food Centre, 2019   Download PDF version In 2019, the Centretown Emergency Food Centre’s 41th year of service, clients remained our principal focus … Read More

Metro Food Drive

On Saturday and Sunday, February 22/23, McKeen Metro Glebe hosted a food drive for our Food Centre.  Thanks to McKeen’s and the generosity of their shoppers, we received about $1,400 worth of food and raised $1,494 in cash … Read More

School Food Drives

The Food Centre has received generous support from all 11 local schools  this year, including 7 schools in December. We are very grateful to their students, parents and teachers who make this support happen, as the donations from … Read More

Meet and Greet for Federal Candidates

The Food Centre, along with two Health Centres and our neighbouring Food Centres, organized a very successful Meet and Greet on Wednesday, October 6 for Federal Candidates in the Ottawa Centre riding to give our clients a chance … Read More

Walk for the Centre

4th Annual Walk for the Centre The fourth annual Walk for the Centre, organized by Centretown Churches Social Action Committee,  was held on Sunday, October 6. Over 100 walkers came to raise awareness for food security in downtown … Read More

Ottawa Bytown Rotary Club’s food drive

Volunteers from the Ottawa Bytown Rotary Club held another successful food drive for us on September 28 at Loblaws on Isabella, collecting over $1,000 in food and $600 in cash donations.  We are very grateful for their generous … Read More

Lenten Food Drives

The Food Centre was the beneficiary of amazing food drives during Lent by Corpus Christi School and by Canadian Martyrs Church. As well, many other CCSAC churches made special contributions to us, and we are most grateful. And … Read More

CEFC in Ottawa At Home Magazine

The Food Centre was honoured to be featured in Giving Back, Catherine Clark’s column on local charitable initiatives, in the Winter 2019 edition of Ottawa Magazine. The full text of Ms. Clark’s article can be read  here.


Our parent organization, CCSAC, and the CEFC will hold their  Annual General Meeting on Wed. April 3 at 7 pm at Blessed Sacrament, 194 Fourth Avenue. All are welcome to attend. Refreshments to follow.

School Food Drives Update

We experienced wonderful food drives by our local schools this fall and in December, when five more schools sent large donations to the Food Centre.  

Holiday Concerts and Fundraising Update

The Food Centre was very fortunate to receive generous donations at Christmas time, including the proceeds from the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa’s Christmas concert and a special collection at Thirteen Strings Christmas Candlelight concert. As well, many donors … Read More

The Ottawa Bytowne Rotary Club Food Drive

January 26 at Loblaws Isabella:  Our first fundraising event of the year was a great success. Thanks to the Rotary Club volunteers, we received $1,725 worth of food and $900 in cash donations to help us stock our … Read More

Cameron Highlanders Concert:  

Cameron Highlanders Concert:  On Wednesday, December 5 the Pipes and Drums of the Cameron Highlanders  of Ottawa will present their annual Christmas Concert at St. Giles Church at 7:30 pm. Admission is by free will offering with all proceeds … Read More

Thirteen Strings Candlelight concert

Thirteen Strings Candlelight Christmas concert takes place on Tuesday, December 4 at Dominion-Chalmers Church at 7:30 pm.   A collection in support of the Food Centre will be taken up at intermission. See poster attached.   For tickets:  

Food Drive McKeen Metro

Please support  our  food drive at McKeen Metro:  On Saturday December 1 and Sunday, December 2, McKeen Metro Glebe is hosting a food drive for the Food Centre. We are grateful to this opportunity to reach out to … Read More

School Food Drives

Local schools are great supporters!:  Already this year, several schools have had  food drives for the our Food Centre.  Hopewell did two food drives this fall, and will be doing another in December, while both Glashan Public School … Read More

Rotary Club of Bytown Ottawa Food Drive

On Saturday, June 23, the Rotary Club of Bytown Ottawa will hold a food drive for our Food Centre at Loblaw on Isabella from 9 am to 5 pm.  We are very grateful to the Rotarians for this important opportunity … Read More

Hellelujah! Spring Benefit Concert

CLICK HERE for 2018 Benefit Concert Poster Sunday, April 22nd and 4pm St. Giles Church 729 Bank St. at First Ave. in the Glebe (for ramp / elevator use 181 First Ave. door) Featuring: Concert, Chamber and Man … Read More

Thank you

Concerts and Food Drives, December 2018: The Food Centre was fortunate to benefit from several fundraising events in December. On the 5th, Thirteen Strings’ Candlelight Christmas concert raised over $1,400 for the Food Centre. On the 6th, St. … Read More

School Food Drives

Over the Christmas season, a number of local schools organized wonderful food drives. They included Mutchmor Public School, First Avenue PS, Glashan PS, Elgin Street PS, Lady Evelyn Alternative School, Glebe Collegiate, Lisgar Collegiate and Glebe Montessori.  Corpus … Read More

Annual Advent Service and Lunch

On November 31 CCSAC and the Food Centre held its annual Advent Service and Lunch. George Haines, a long-time volunteer at the Food Centre, received the Food Centre’s Betty Neelin  Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service at the lunch. … Read More

Elgin food drive

Many thanks for the amazing food drive the Grade 6 students at Elgin!

Candlelight Christmas

Thirteen Strings directed by Kevin Mallon 7:30pm Tuesday December 5th at 19h30

Walkathon for Food Centre

Walkathon for Food Centre, Sunday, October 15, registration begins at 1:30 at Ottawa City Hall.  

EDC Spins for the Food Centre

EDC Spins for the Food Centre:  the Food Centre was thrilled to receive a large food drive from a Spin-A-Thon earlier this month by employees of Export Development Corporation (EDC), organized by Sarah Cogliati and Joseph Rios.  Over … Read More

Upgrading our Pantry

The Food Centre is very grateful to the Ottawa Bytown Rotary Club for purchasing a new dishwasher for our Pantry, to replace our old, worn-out one. At the same time, we needed  to replace the old counter top … Read More

Food drive at Lisgar C.I.

Food drive at Lisgar C.I.:  Lisgar Collegiate’s Student Council organized another food drive for us in March, resulting in an amazing 420 cans of food and $720 in cash donations. We are very appreciative of their generosity, especially … Read More

Food Centre AGM on April 24

Our parent organization, CCSAC, will hold its Annual General Meeting on Monday, April 24 at 7 pm  at Church of the Ascension, 253 Echo Drive.  Reports from Kristine Bur, Chair of CCSAC and Kerry Kaiser, Coordinator of the … Read More

Rotary Club of Ottawa-Bytown Food Drive

We had our first big food drive of the new year on Saturday, January 28 at Loblaws on Isabella, thanks to a wonderful team of volunteers from the Rotary Club of Ottawa-Bytown. Almost a $1,000 in cash was … Read More

McKeen Metro Glebe food drive a great success!

Our Food Drive at McKeen Metro Glebe, 754 Bank Street,  on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4  was a great success, with donations of over $3,000 worth of food and over $1,350 in cash. We are grateful … Read More

Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa’s Christmas Concert

Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa’s Christmas Concert  in support of the Food Centre, on Wednesday, December 7 at 7:30 pm at St. Giles Presbyterian Church (Bank and First Avenue).

A Christmas Carol

A dramatic reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol In support of Centretown Emergency Food Centre  

Thirteen Strings

The Centretown Emergency Food Centre is pleased to announce that Thirteen Strings will hold a collection for our Food Centre at intermission at both performances of Handel’s Messiah: Saturday, December 17, 7:30 at Knox Presbyterian, and Sunday, December … Read More

CCSAC Walk-A-Thon

CCSAC Walk-A-Thon a great success: On Sunday afternoon, October 16 a large group of CCSAC members, Food Centre volunteers and supporters gathered at City Hall to take part in a fundraising walk-a-thon, organized by Elizabeth Kent of St. … Read More

Our Summer Lunch Bag program for school children a great success

The program is funded with a generous donation from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. In the photo, David Massine, owner of Independent Grocer at 296 Bank Street, is shown donating $300 in gift certificates towards the Lunch Bags. Gladys … Read More

Rotary Club of Ottawa Bytown Food Drive July 9th

The Rotary Club of Ottawa Bytown will be doing a food drive for CEFC on July 9th.

St. Peter and St. Paul’s Food Drive on June 18

St. Peter and St. Paul’s Food Drive on June 18: On Saturday, June 18 the youth and young adults of St. Peter and St. Paul’s held a very successful food drive for our Food Centre at Sobey’s on … Read More

Rotary Club Food Drive

Rotary Club of Ottawa-Bytown held a very successful food drive on Saturday, January 23 at the Loblaws on Isabella. Rotarians worked in teams from 9 am to 5 pm, soliciting support from shoppers, collecting 19 large cartons of food and over … Read More

Mutchmor Food Drive

Mutchmor PS did a food drive in December. In the photo, Principal Isabelle Flannigan with some of the cartons of food they collected.

Lisgar Food Drive

Student council members from Lisgar Collegiate loaded a mini-van to the roof with the results of their very successful holiday food drive . In fact, it was the largest this season by far. Many thanks to Lisgar students for their generosity … Read More

First Avenue Food Drive

Some of the students of Mme Chloe who helped with First Avenue PS’s food drive peek from behind the van-load of food staples that the School collected in December. Their donations gave another important boost to our supplies.  

Cameron Highlanders Benefit Concert

Cameron Highlander of Ottawa’s Christmas concert was a benefit for the Food Centre: On December 2, the Cameron Highlanders held their annual Christmas Concert at St. Giles Presbyterian Church. It was  a stirring event with great performances of fifes, drums, song … Read More

Annual Advent Service

On December 9, the Food  Centre and CCSAC held their Annual Advent Service in Centretown United Church, with guest minister, the Rev. Jim Pot from Knox Presbyterian Church. The service was followed by a potluck lunch in the Church’s dining hall. … Read More

Glebe CI Food Drive

Glebe Collegiate Institute’s Student Council gives a hand by organizing a Food Drive for our Food Centre in early December.   The School collected over 20 cartons and bags of food staples to help fill our shelves! In the … Read More

Thirteen Strings’ Christmas Candlelight Concert

Concert-goers at Thirteen Strings’ annual Christmas  Candlelight concert on December 8 at Dominion-Chalmers Church donated over $1,500 to the Food Centre, thanks to their volunteers who took up a free-will collection at intermission. Such revenue provides important funds … Read More

Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa’s Christmas Concert

Wednesday. December 2 at 7:30 pm at St. Giles Presbyterian Church, 174 Bank Street: Proceeds and food drive for the Food Centre

Elgin Street PS food drive

Elgin Street Public School held a wonderful food drive to mark Remembrance Day.  In the photo, you can see some of the many children who contributed, as well as Tanya O’Connor, a parent volunteer who spearheaded the successful food drive. The … Read More

Glebe Montessori School food drive

Glebe Montessori School held a wonderful food drive for us in late October. The photo shows Savka, the School’s  Pedagogical Director, with some of the cartons of food they donated to our Food Centre.  

Food Drives at Thanksgiving

The Food Centre is very grateful to Dream Office Management Corp., which operatives five office buildings in downtown Ottawa, for holding food drives for us in the week before the Thanksgiving holiday.  Here is a photo  of the … Read More

Help from Lisgar Collegiate

On October 8, Lisgar’s LINK crew held an Oktoberfair  to raise funds and non-perishables for our Food Centre. Student Council members also pitched in to support the food drive, and they are planning a two- week food drive in early … Read More

Friends of Lansdowne Park donation

Fresh Produce is Always Welcome:  This summer Lansdowne Civic Garden Volunteers donated wonderful  fresh produce – beets, chard, beans and tomatoes- from their gardens, as shown in the picture of our Pantry table. The four raised beds in … Read More

Rotary Club of Ottawa Bytown

On Saturday, July 25, the Rotary Club of Ottawa Bytown held a very successful food drive at the Loblaws store on Isabella, their second food drive for us to date this year.  Thanks to their teams of volunteers, … Read More

Clear Skies Donation

Coleman Swartz from the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport Authority presents Centre Coordinator, Kerry Kaiser, with a cheque from the Airport Authority for a  Project Clear Skies donation to help the Food Centre purchase new tables and chairs to … Read More

Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, June 2, 2015

On Tuesday, June 2, the Centretown Churches Social Action Committee hosted its Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner for the Food Centre in the dining room of Centretown United Church. Thanks to the hard work of CCSAC’s organizing team, over … Read More

Muchmor Food Drive

In May, students at Mutchmor PS’s Drama Club held a very successful food drive for us. We are grateful to the school and the drama club for organizing a second, large food drive for us this year!   … Read More

Curves at 1185 Bank Street Food Drive

For almost 10 years the Curves fitness centre at 1185 Bank Street has organized a very successful food drive for us in March. Last year’s results were amazing and we hope for similar results again this March. We … Read More

Corpus Christi Food Drive

The Food Centre is grateful to the staff and students at Corpus Christi for doing a food drive for us during Lent. Their donations will help us respond to our clients’ needs.


A group of grade 6 students with the donations from Hopewell Avenue PS School’s December food drive for the CEFC.            


Students from mrs. Callaghan’s class help pack up the food donated during Mutchmor PS’s food drive this month.  The Food Centre received larde amounts of our most needed items- pasta and pasta sauce, canned soups & vegetables, peanut … Read More

GLEBE CI Food Drive

James Morden, Co-Chair, Glebe CI Student Council, and Cathy Carson, Student Council’s Leadership Coordinator, about to help load the food donated by Glebe to the Centretown Emergency Food Centre. The revenue from table rentals at Glebe CI’s Craft … Read More

HARTMAN’s Food Drive

In early December, Hartman’s Independent Grocer held a food drive for our Food Centre. We collected several van-loads of staple food items, plus diapers and baby food . Here, one of Hartman’s staff help load a van with … Read More

LISGAR food drive

Food Drive at Lisgar Collegiate: Two photos of the hugh amount of food that students at Lisgar Collegiate donated to the Food Centre. The food drive was coordinated by Mrs. Alison Perry, and about 10 students came out … Read More

FINTRAC food drive

Charity in the Lobby, December 17: A choral group of staff from FINTRAC, known as the FINTRANOTES, sang seasonal songs and Christmas carols in their building’s lobby on December 17, while collecting food and money donations for the … Read More

Betty Neelin Award for Distinguished Service

On Wednesday, December 10, the Centretown Emergency Food Centre presented its volunteer service award, the Betty Neelin Award for Distinguished Service to former City councillor Diane Holmes to acknowledge her many years of strong support for the Food … Read More