Give generously to the OC Transpo/Loblaw Christmas Food Drive this Saturday


Ottawa residents are being asked to pick up a little something extra when they go shopping this weekend. The City of Ottawa, along with Loblaw Companies Limited, will be collecting food and cash donations for the 37th annual OC Transpo/Loblaw Christmas Food Drive to benefit the Ottawa Food Bank on Saturday, December 4 from 10 am to 5 pm.

Working in close collaboration with Ottawa Public Health (OPH), the Ottawa Food Bank and Loblaw Companies Limited, this year’s food drive will continue to incorporate extra health and safety measures to help keep everyone as safe as possible during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. OC Transpo buses will be parked outside participating Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore, Your Independent Grocer, and No Frills stores across Ottawa. Volunteers will be on site to engage with you from a safe distance. All donations received will go directly to the Ottawa Food Bank, FAMSAC Food Cupboard, Stittsville Food Bank, and the Kanata Food Cupboard.

In addition to non-perishable food items, cash donations are also welcome, either through store cashiers or online at For every dollar you give, the Ottawa Food Bank can deliver about $5 worth of food to the community.

Even in a normal year, the Ottawa Food Bank's Michael Street warehouse distributes 14 tons of food every day. This provides 112 member agencies with supplies to provide to tens of thousands of people each month, with 37 per cent of them being children.

For more information, including participating store locations, please visit

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