January 21, 2014

Legal assistance of a different kind

Once a month, people coming into The Ottawa Mission for a meal are treated to a wonderful dinner provided by a special organization.

‘Lawyers Feed the Hungry’ will mark its fourth anniversary in Ottawa this spring.  The program got its start in Toronto many years ago, but spread to Ottawa in 2010 and partnered with The Ottawa Mission to help provide meals to hungry people in this community.

The local legal community raises the money to buy the food for the special meal and Ottawa Mission kitchen staff and volunteers prepare it. Then on the third Thursday of every month, a group of volunteers from different Ottawa law firms come into The Ottawa Mission, put on their bright yellow aprons, and serve a warm, delicious meal.

To date, the Ottawa “Lawyers Feed the Hungry” initiative has raised more than $80,000 and provided almost 21,000 meals for people in need!

“Support is fantastic within the local legal community”, says Jonathan Richardson, one of the lawyers who spearheaded the Ottawa program and remains very involved. “We have law firms that have been contributing money and volunteers since we started in Ottawa and others just coming on board. It demonstrates to me how valuable the program is and how much members of the legal community want to give back.”
To learn more about Lawyers Feed the Hungry, or to become involved,  visit the website at:  or contact Jonathan Richardson at Augustine, Bater LLP at