Food Insecurity in Ottawa

Ottawa Public Health reports that an estimated 1 in 7 (13.9%) of Ottawa households are food insecure, with 9.5% experiencing moderate to severe food insecurity.

Food insecurity is a factor when an individual or households are stressed about running out of food before they can purchase more or cannot afford balanced meals.  It also offucs when people go hungry by eating less or skipping meals, or do not have access to the variety or quantity of food that they need due to lack of money.

To learn more about agencies and services working to combat food insecurity in Ottawa, please consult this City of Ottawa site:

Food Banks

Since 1978, CCSAC’s main project has been oversight of the Centretown Emergency Food Centre (CEFC), which is the food bank serving Centretown, Old Ottawa East, Old Ottawa South and the Glebe.

The CEFC is operating currently with a scaled-back operation to meet public health guidelines.

Visit Centetown Emergency Food Centre’s Website

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