Shaw Centre, Loblaw combine for largest ever donation to local food banks

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The numbers are in after the Loblaw Companies conference at the Shaw Centre last week and they are staggering.

The Shaw Centre and Loblaw joined forces to donate almost 48,000 kg of food to the Ottawa Food Bank and Gatineau’s Moisson Outaouais.

As part of its annual conference, volunteers from the retailer and the facility packaged almost 48,000 kg of food destined for the Ottawa Food Bank and Gatineau’s Moisson Outaouais. The food was trucked in from various area Loblaw locations.

The donation, worth about $275,000 according to Statistics Canada metrics, was the single largest donation ever to those organizations.

Shaw Centre president Nina Kressler was one of the volunteers and said her team was proud to take part in the donation.

“Everyone here was pleased to be a part of this project, particularly as we know it can be very difficult for food banks to meet demands during the winter,” Ms. Kressler said in a statement.

Ottawa Food Bank executive director Michael Maidment said his organization had to scramble to find temporary space for the food before directing it to the bank’s 140 partner organizations.

“This food will go a long way to help people in need across the city,” he said in a statement.

Moisson Outaouais executive director Sonia Latulippe had a similar issue, storing 38 skids of non-perishables at a neighbouring business.

In addition to the food – enough to fill four 53-foot trailers – Loblaw also donated 7,500 bags of other most-needed items to the food banks.

Organizations: Shaw Centre, Loblaw, Ottawa Food Bank Statistics Canada

Geographic location: Ottawa

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