March 12, 2024

Ottawa Mission Anticipates Serving Over 16,000 Easter Meals

Support the Mission this Easter by Donating Frozen Turkeys and Produce

Ottawa, ON – As we head into spring, planning is underway for The Ottawa Mission’s annual Easter Dinner, which will take place on Monday, April 1st at the shelter. The Mission will also be serving a full Easter meal from March 25 – 31 through its food truck program to 35 community partner stops across Ottawa. The Mission launched this program to meet the unprecedented need for food in our community. The Mission anticipates that it will serve over 16,000 Easter meals, a new record for this special holiday meal for the shelter.

“Our kitchen volunteers and staff are working very hard to ensure that everyone will have a delicious Easter meal by preparing for this very special event in advance,” On the menu will be: 7,000 lbs. of turkey; 3,500 baked potatoes; 3.500 lbs. peeled potatoes; 2,000 lbs. vegetables; 150 gallons of gravy; and 900 vegetarian quiches.

It will take about 700 turkeys to ensure that everyone can enjoy a special Easter meal provided by the Mission. 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 2022-2023, The Ottawa Mission provided emergency shelter to an average of 177 men every night and served an average of 2,898 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
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