Win for the Ottawa Food Bank
By: Julia Prendergast
Looking for something to do while you’re (hopefully) cooped up at home? We’re still giving out $1,000 to the 106th person who calls any time you hear Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber’s song “I Don’t Care” in its entirety – seven days a week! But now we’re giving you an even better reason to keep your ears open for “I Don’t Care”…
Every time someone wins $1,000, we’re also going to donate $200 to the Ottawa Food Bank! The Ottawa Food Bank works to fulfill their main goal of providing emergency food relief to people in need through donations to its network of 100 programs throughout Ottawa. These donations include both fresh and non-perishable food items, as well as necessities such as toiletries, diapers, and cleaning supplies.
In the Ottawa Hunger Report released by the Ottawa Food Bank in 2019, it was reported that 37% of clients that visit an Ottawa Food Bank member agency are under the age of 18 – out of the more than 39,000 people who visit an emergency food bank program every month.
It’s incredibly important to keep organizations, such as the Ottawa Food Bank, who help work to keep citizens safe and secure in our thoughts at a time of such uncertainty.
Many charitable agencies are feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in various ways, from a lack of donations to a lack of volunteers. The Ottawa Food Bank is just one of many raising concerns over meeting the increase in demand. As people begin to practice social distancing in an effort to keep themselves and those around them healthy, many are also experiencing job uncertainty or cuts to their hours and wages. This means that that number of people utilizing the services of Ottawa Food Bank locations across the city will also rise.
The Ottawa Food Bank is stressing the importance of donating what you can as grocery stores get busier; they are able to turn a donation of $1 into around $5 of food delivered! The option to make a donation yourself online is also available at https://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/donate/.
Remember to listen to JUMP! 106.9 seven days a week for your chance to help give back and win $1,000 – all you have to do is hear “I Don’t Care”!