Parkdale Food Centre

The Parkdale Food Centre provides assistance to anyone who needs food and lives in the area from Bayswater Ave to Island Park Drive (East to West) and Carling Avenue to the Ottawa River (North to South).
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The Parkdale Food Centre provides assistance to anyone who needs food and lives in the area from Bayswater Ave to Island Park Drive (East to West) and Carling Avenue to the Ottawa River (North to South). Residents in those areas can visit the Parkdale Food Centre once each month for emergency food assistance and more.

As the hub of the Parkdale Food Centre, the Don Flynn Community Kitchen is often in use seven days a week to run all of the programs and activities. Our programming has lasting impact and multiple benefits for our neighbours, from increasing cooking skills, reducing social isolation, expanding knowledge about nutrition.

We are an organization that is tireless in the pursuit of new ideas and ways to support our neighbours. PFC thrives on possibilities. Each time one of our  neighbours is helped, we are excited to do more. Whether it's helping someone gain employment or simply being a listening ear around a community meal. It's all important.

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We received a Community Builder of the Year Award from United Way Ottawa - we were so proud to welcome all the children on stage to help accept it!

Info at-a-glance

Year founded


Total revenue in last fiscal year

$432,932 (2016) Does not include donated and distributed food.

Geographic region of interest

Ottawa (west of downtown)

How you can help


None of what we do would be possible without the tremendous support of our community. Over the past few years, thanks to broad engagement and outreach, we have shifted from a traditional food bank, into a strong community asset, deeply connected to the  residents, businesses, social services and organizations in the neighbourhoods of Hintonburg, Mechanicsville, Civic Hospital,  Champlain park and Wellington West. As a result, over forty-five local businesses are now engaged in the Centre’s work - too many to list! Their creativity in raising funds and awareness amazes us and makes us proud. Here are a few of our funding priorities for 2018:

Growing futures

Our social enterprise is in its second year and still in major expansion mode with a list of schools and other locations waiting for a growing tower.


Our grocery bill is over $10,000 per month and is entirely funded by donation.

Donation wish list

  • Fresh Food as found on our Good Food List at
  • "Healthy Extras" such as toothpaste, tooth brushes (adult & children), toilet paper, deodorant soap and shampoo (travel sizes too), feminine hygiene products, diapers/baby wipes, and laundry detergent are always needed

Staff time

Salaries are our most challenging item to fundraise for since many grants will not pay for overhead. Our staff are critical to program


Volunteering with the Parkdale Food Centre imparts a strong sense of community and respect between neighbours. Volunteer orientation is required before you begin, to sign up for our next orientation, please contact us by email. As a volunteer you may be involved in helping with any of the following activities:

  • Welcoming and interviewing guests
  • Preparing food orders
  • Unloading deliveries
  • Sorting and packaging food
  • Stocking shelves
  • Participating in fundraising events
  • Baking
  • Serving food
  • Assisting with cooking classes
  • Serving on a committee
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Some of our neighbours at a Cooking Workshop in our Community Kitchen.

Events and fundraising

We run a number of events annually in order to raise funds throughout the year. In 2016, our Branching Out Gala, Cube For Food, Community Walk-a-Thon, and the newest addition, Fork Off raised over $25,000!

Additional events and fundraising campaigns can be are listed on our website.

Board members and executives

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Karen Secord, Manager
Headshot of Len Fardella
Len Fardella, Chairperson

Anthony Bailey, Board Member
Bruce Brooks, Treasurer & Board Member
Brett Serjeantson, Board Member
Christine Earnshaw, Board Member
Don Flynn, Board Member
France Cyrenne, Board Member
Heather Hossie, Board Member
Hilary McVey, Board Member
Laura Stuart, Board Member
Nick Milanovic, Board Member
Lynda Hansen, Board Member
Sheila Whyte, Board Member

Get in touch

Parkdale Food Centre
2-30 Rosemount Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
K1Y 1P4
(613) 722-8019

Twitter: @ParkdaleFood