PFC Statement on Anti-Black Racism

Parkdale Food Centre stands in solidarity with Black communities, across both Canada and the United States, who are experiencing the devastation caused by police brutality and anti-Black racism.

From the fear of violent, or even deadly, interactions with the police to the economic impacts of housing and employment discrimination, anti-Black racism can have a profoundly negative impact on a Black person’s life. A research collaboration between Foodshare and the PROOF Food insecurity Policy Research group shows that Black households in Canada are 3.56 times more likely to be food insecure.

As a Centre dedicated to challenging inequalities, we ask our community of neighbours, volunteers, donors, partners and supporters to engage those around you in a conversation about the past week’s events. When you encounter anti-Black racism (whether it is a comment from a family member or a message on social media) please, speak up.

Parkdale Food Centre has been built on inclusion, kindness and providing a safe place for all. We leave you with an article from the Broadbent Institute to reflect on the disproportionate number of Black and racialized Canadians who identify as food insecure, as a result of enduring racialized income inequality.

Deb (Deborah) Abbott, Chair Board of Directors

Karen Secord, Executive Director

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Download our statement on the urban boundary extension.

 

Please note: Update to services due to Covid-19

The health and well-bring of our neighbours, volunteers, community partners and employees are, and have always been, our top priorities. Note the following changes/updates:

All cooking workshops, drop-in times and community meals, including lunches, are cancelled.

Meals: As we will no longer be offering community meals, you may add prepared meals to your food bank order, or call us for more details.

If you need food

  • If you live in our catchment: DELIVERY

Phone us at 613-722-8019 or 613-729-0980 between 9am-3pm Monday to Thursday to place an order, or fill out an order form online here to put in an order for you and your family for delivery. We will be delivering Monday through Thursday.

Place a Food Order Now

Individuals and families residing outside our catchment area who typically access our Food Bank with referrals or Doctors’ notes may continue to do so. We will not be taking any NEW referrals from outside of our catchment area at this time. Please call the Ottawa Food Bank if you require food support and live in another area of the city 613-745-7001.

If you want to help

We need you! Parkdale Food Centre has always responded to acute needs in our City with a full heart, and we are only able to do so because of your incredible support. 

We recognize that COVID 19 and its implications, including potential self-isolation and school closures, affect low-income and vulnerable individuals and families most. Many cannot afford to stock their pantries for a potential quarantine; many face unpaid leave in the event of a prolonged absence from work; children in need will be without important free meals otherwise available through school breakfast programs; and for those with mental health challenges or inadequate housing, self-isolation can have debilitating consequences. As always we will be doing our best to respond to each and every need based on the resources we have available. We appreciate your support during this complex and evolving time.

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To read our open letter on the urban boundary extension, please click here.

Donate

Donations make an enormous difference to the programs and support the Centre is able to offer each year. Donations over $20 will receive a tax donation. Our Charitable Registration Number is: 889365003 RR 0001

Donate funds:

Donate Securities
We also accept donations of securities. More information is available here.

Donate food: Whenever possible please donate fresh, local, and seasonal items. For suggestions on what to give, please refer to our Good Food list.

Food Drives: If you would like to organize a food drive, please contact Karen Secord at karen@parkdalefoodcentre.org.

Fundraisers: If you are interested in hosting a fundraiser for us, please contact our fundraising team at fundraising@parkdalefoodcentre.org

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