MEAL SPONSORSHIP

There are many ways to support people in need in Ottawa. The Mission serves between 300 and 500 meals three times a day. Supporting our kitchen by sponsoring and serving a meal can be a very rewarding experience. We offer many ways to volunteer, and groups can choose to fund part of a meal, such as a dessert, or a full meal with a main dish, side dishes, a dessert, and a beverage.

Ottawa Food Support Volunteers

For a full meal service, we require a group of 15 to 25 people. A partial meal service only requires groups of five to 10 people. For more information on Group Meal sponsorship, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator and she will be in touch to make the appropriate arrangements, or fill out our group application form.

GROUP APPLICATION FORM

Claudia Reid-Musson | Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: 613-234-1144 ext. 338 | Email: [javascript protected email address]

If your group is unable to visit The Ottawa Mission to volunteer, there are other ways to offer food support to people in need.

Baked Goods Donation

Our clients love homemade baked goods! If your group can’t make it to the shelter, getting together to bake at someone’s home is a great way to make a contribution as a community. Baked goods can be dropped off at the shelter anytime. We do ask that you please use plastic wrap to individually wrap baked goods.

Sandwich program

Our sandwich program provides sandwiches every evening for people living at the shelter. We also provide bagged lunches every morning for men heading to work—this helps them save money for moving into their own home. We invite groups to donate sandwiches for this program by purchasing the components outlined below and assembling them either on- or off-site.

Scheduling

  • For groups wishing to prepare sandwiches on-site, we host regular volunteering hours
    • Monday to Saturday – 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. OR 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • Sunday – 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Please contact Claudia Reid-Musson, our Volunteer Coordinator, to arrange a suitable time
  • We can accommodate groups of two to 25 volunteers

Ingredients for Sandwiches

  • Sliced white or whole wheat bread (One loaf makes approximately 10 sandwiches)
  • Margarine
  • Mustard
  • Sliced cheese
  • Sliced deli meats (turkey, ham, chicken, and roast beef)
  • Plastic wrap or sandwich bags to individually pack the prepared sandwiches
PLEASE NOTE: We cannot serve sandwiches containing produce, such as tomatoes and lettuce, or mayonnaise. We thank you for your understanding.

Guidelines

At The Ottawa Mission, we take pride in providing quality meals to all our clients. We have outlined the following standards for our sandwiches:

  • Each sandwich must be packaged individually
  • Sandwiches do not need to be cut before being packaged for distribution
  • A thin layer of margarine or butter on both slices of bread keeps the condiments from making the sandwich soggy
  • Please prevent condiments from spilling over the sides of the sandwiches
  • If sandwiches are prepared off-site, please ensure proper storage and transportation of the sandwiches to maintain their quality and freshness
  • We accept a maximum of 150 sandwiches per donation

We respectfully request that any donated sandwiches reflect the standards outlined above.

Snack Bag Program

We aim to offer small snack bags to participants of a wide range of programs whenever possible. These snack bags encourage participation in our programs and activities while also offering our clients a nutritious energy boost. Any group that wishes to support our snack bag program can purchase ingredients (such as nuts and dried fruit) and package them into snack-sized bags. These bags can be prepared either on- or off-site.

Scheduling

  • For groups wishing to prepare sandwiches on-site, we host regular volunteering hours
    • Monday to Saturday – 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. OR 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • Sunday – 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Please contact Claudia Reid-Musson, our Volunteer Coordinator, to arrange a suitable time
  • We can accommodate groups of two to 25 volunteers

Ingredients for Snack Bags

  • Trail mix items such as mixed nuts, dried fruit, Smarties or M&M’s, yogurt-covered raisins, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and chocolate chips
  • Snack-sized plastic bags (half the size of sandwich bags)

Guidelines

  • Snack bags can contain nuts, or be nut-free
  • Please ensure bags are tightly sealed
  • There is no minimum or maximum number of bags required per donation

Kebab Program

All our clients living at the shelter love the surprise of a sweet or savoury treat. Groups can purchase ingredients and prepare fruit kebabs for donation, which are served before or after a meal, and can be prepared either on- or off-site. We offer some kebab suggestions below, but kebab combinations are completely up to you!

Scheduling

  • For groups wishing to prepare kebabs on-site, we host regular volunteering hours
    • Monday to Saturday – 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. OR 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • Sunday – 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Please contact Claudia Reid-Musson, our Volunteer Coordinator, to arrange a suitable time
  • We can accommodate groups of two to 25 volunteers

Recipe Suggestions for Kebabs

  • Fruit Salad made with inoxidable fruits, such as pineapples, grapes, strawberries, and melons
  • Savory Bite with black or green olives, cheese, pepperette sticks, pickles, and cherry tomatoes
  • Sweet Tooth with bite-sized brownie bits, strawberries, jumbo marshmallows, and blueberries

Guidelines

  • We accept donations of 200 to 235 kebabs
  • Don’t forget the skewer sticks!

Breakfast Condiment Cups

For our clients’ morning toast, our volunteer groups like to prepare and donate individualized portions of peanut butter, jam, marmalade, and margarine.

Scheduling

  • For groups wishing to prepare sandwiches on-site, we host regular volunteering hours
    • Monday to Saturday – 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. OR 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • Sunday – 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Please contact Claudia Reid-Musson, our Volunteer Coordinator, to arrange a suitable time
  • We can accommodate groups of two to 25 volunteers

Ingredients for Condiment Cups

  • Margarine
  • Peanut butter or jam (or both)
  • Plastic cups are provided by The Ottawa Mission

Guidelines

  • Please ensure condiments are not spilling over the sides of the cups
  • Please ensure the condiment cups are tightly sealed
  • There is no minimum or maximum number of cups for groups to prepare

Fellowship Time Program

We offer a chapel service to our residents every Sunday afternoon. Sometimes groups bring in baked goods and serve them to residents after the chapel service. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone connected to an Ottawa church to get involved at The Mission.

Scheduling

  • Sunday – 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Please contact Claudia Reid-Musson, our Volunteer Coordinator, to arrange a suitable date
  • Groups of two to three are welcome to volunteer at this event

Guidelines

  • We ask that groups provide individually-wrapped single portions of baked goods, such as cookies, bars, brownies, etc.
  • We provide coffee, tea, dishes, cutlery, and napkins for the fellowship time
  • Approximately 30 portions of baked goods are appropriate for this event

Lunches-To-Go Program

For any of our residents who miss mealtimes due to medical appointments, job interviews, or that work during the day, we provide sandwiches as part of our bagged lunch program. This program is especially helpful to our residents who are saving up their income for their own home.
If volunteer groups wish to participate in more than the Sandwich program, we welcome groups to prepare bagged lunches (sandwiches included) and donate them to the Lunches-To-Go program. Bagged lunches can be prepared on- or off-site.

Scheduling

  • For groups wishing to prepare bagged lunches on-site, we host regular volunteering hours
    • Monday to Saturday – 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. OR 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • Sunday – 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Please contact Claudia Reid-Musson, our Volunteer Coordinator, to arrange a suitable time
  • This activity is suitable for groups of two to 10 volunteers

Items Required for 30 Bagged Lunches

  • Ingredients for 60 sandwiches
    • Six loaves of sliced white bread
    • 60 pieces of sliced cheese
    • 60 pieces of sliced deli meat (turkey, ham, chicken, and roast beef—keep in mind some residents do not eat pork)
    • Margarine
    • Mustard
    • 60 plastic sandwich bags or plastic wrap to individually wrap sandwiches
    • For more details, please see the “guidelines” section of the Sandwich Program above [jump link]
  • 30 apples or oranges
  • 30 granola bars or cookies
  • 30 juice boxes or water bottles
  • 30 paper bags

Hope Packages

The Ottawa Mission has a weekly Addictions and Education Program that is attended by men from all over the city to further their education about addiction, get daily support, and/or receive treatment. Our volunteers sometimes prepare treats with little encouraging notes to offer hope and brighten a client’s day!

Hope packages can be prepared on- or off-site.

  • For groups wishing to prepare hope packages on-site, we host regular volunteering hours
    • Monday to Saturday – 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. OR 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • Sunday – 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Please contact Claudia Reid-Musson, our Volunteer Coordinator, to arrange a suitable time
  • This activity is suitable for groups of two to 25 volunteers

Items Required

  • Candies
  • Bite-sized chocolates
  • Snack-sized plastic bags (half the size of sandwich bags)
  • Ribbons
  • Tags

Guidelines

  • Please ensure bags are tightly sealed
  • There is no minimum or maximum number of packages for groups to prepare