March 15, 2023

Ottawa Mission anticipates serving almost 14,000 meals this Easter

Help The Ottawa Mission Feed Hungry Community Members this Easter by Donating Frozen Turkeys for our Special Food Truck Meal

Ottawa, ON – As we head into spring after a long winter, planning is underway for The Ottawa Mission’s annual Easter Dinner, which will take place on Monday, April 10th at the shelter – the first in-person Easter meal hosted by the Mission in three years. The Mission will also be serving special Easter meals from April 3 – 9 through its first food truck program to 34 community partner stops across Ottawa. The Mission launched this program to meet the unbelievable need for food in our community. The Mission anticipates that it will serve approximately 14,000 Easter meals – a new record for this special holiday meal for the shelter, and 950,000 – 1 million meals over this fiscal year.

“It will take 4,500 pounds of turkey, or 250 large turkeys to feed everyone who comes to our food trucks for our special Easter dinner,” says Chef Ric Watson, Director of Food Services at The Mission. “Our kitchen volunteers and staff are working very hard to ensure that everyone will have a delicious turkey dinner by preparing for this very special event in advance.”

Also on the menu will be: 1500 lbs. roast beef; 2000 Yorkshire puddings; 2000 baked potatoes with sour cream (all for the special meal served to shelter guests on April 10); 4500 lbs. turkey; 3000 lbs. peeled potatoes; 1800 lbs. glazed fresh carrots; 150 gallons of gravy; and 900 vegetarian quiches.

Members of the public can help ensure that no one in our community goes hungry this Easter. Frozen turkey donations can be dropped off between 7 am – 5 pm at the garage entrance to The Ottawa Mission at the corner of Waller and Besserer. Please ring the bell and a staff-person will arrive to receive your donation. Monetary donations to support the Easter meal are also appreciated and can be made at:

About The Ottawa Mission
Since 1906, The Ottawa Mission has been serving those who are homeless, hungry and lost by providing food, clothing, shelter and skills. In 2021-2022, The Ottawa Mission provided emergency shelter to an average of 118 men every night and served an average of 2,570 meals every day.  The Ottawa Mission also provides to men and women health services, mental health and addiction treatment programs, primary care, hospice care, dental services, housing services, educational support, job training, spiritual care, and clothing to thousands in need in our community. In September 2020, The Ottawa Mission marked the one millionth hour that the shelter has been in existence since its founding in 1906. In 2019, the Mission became a housing-focused shelter reflective of its commitment to a home for everyone as a human right with the launch of a new housing department.

Aileen Leo
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