How We Help

Who do We Serve?

The OKFB serves members of the Ottawa Jewish community in need of assistance. Most of our clients are referred to us from Jewish Family Services. We currently serve between 70-90 families each month. Our clients are young and old and include singles, couples, and families with children.

What Do We Do?

The OKFB provides at least a 3-day supply of nutritious, kosher food to our clients once a month. We have three distributions each month to best serve our clients. In addition to the food we provide, we give out Recipes of the Month that focus on a new food each month available in the food bank. We also run a Stock the Freezer program which allows us to cook and freeze meals, soups, and baked goods for our clients.

What Do We Provide?

  • Perishable food: Canned, packed dry goods
  • Non-perishable food: Chicken, beef, tofu, bread, eggs, fruits and vegetables, prepared items
  • Non-food items: Personal care items, baby items, paper goods, household goods, grocery store gift cards

Click here to see a list of our Most Needed Items

Where Does Our Food Come From?

The OKFB receives food from the Ottawa Food Bank each month. We also accept donated foods in donation bins and from food drives as long as they are certified kosher. Monetary donations from fundraising campaigns, third-party events, or from the purchase of tribute cards allow us to purchase food, often in response to client requests.