March 31, 2021

Helping Those in Need During COVID19: The Ottawa Mission Will Feed Even More People Who Are Hungry This Easter

Ottawa, ON – As Easter approaches, we want to assure our community that, in these continuing difficult times, The Ottawa Mission will be serving an in-house Easter meal to our residents, and also a special take-out Easter meal for community members.

The current pandemic has made food insecurity in Ottawa much worse, and the shelter expects to feed well over 4,000 people this Monday and during the week leading up to April 5 through our food truck program Mobile Mission Meals.

WHEN: Monday, April 5, from 11:00 am until 12:00 noon for the shelter residents, and also a special take-out meal for community members from 11:00pm until 3:00pm.

WHO:  The following individuals will be available for media interviews on behalf of the Ottawa Mission:

  • Chief Executive Officer Peter Tilley
  • Director of Food Services Chef Ric Allen-Watson

WHERE: Media are requested to gather at the entrance to the shelter at the corner of Waller and Besserer Streets just before the beginning of the community take-out meal service at 10:45 am for media availability with Mr. Tilley and Chef Ric.

Please note that due to current strict infection controls to minimize the risk posed by Covid19, in order to protect our clients, media will not be allowed to enter the Ottawa Mission to film. Further, in order to protect client confidentiality during the community take-out meal service, filming and photography will be limited to shooting from the back of the meal line and of individual servers providing meals as the meal progresses.

About The Ottawa Mission

Since 1906, The Ottawa Mission has been serving the homeless, the hungry and the lost by providing food, clothing, shelter and skills. In 2019-2020, The Ottawa Mission provided emergency shelter to an average of 197 men every night and served an average of 1,422 meals every day.  The Ottawa Mission also provides to men and women health services, mental health and addiction treatment programs, 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
Director of Communications
T 613.234.1144 x 305
C: 613.712.3092