Who We Are
Since our founding in 1989, the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard (GEFC) has been a critical part of the social infrastructure in east Ottawa, providing up to 3,600 residents a year with emergency food.
We believe in providing healthy food and the dignity of choice. Working with our community we provide lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy children’s snacks, and culturally appropriate foods such as halal meats, cornmeal and dry beans.
Recognizing that there are many ways to support food security, we also established our own farm plot at the Just Food Farm to engage the community in growing fresh food to share and programs that help people grow their own food.
Our mission is to alleviate food insecurity in our community by working together to create opportunities to access and share good food. We do this through innovative food programming, partnerships, and civic engagement.
We envision a resilient, connected and vibrant community where everyone has access to good food.
Our current programs:
We provide 4-5 days of healthy food to anyone who needs it, usually once per month. This food is provided through our membership with the Ottawa Food Bank, donated by the community, purchased with funds raised by the community, or grown at our farm site.
The Arrowsmith Thyme-less Community Garden enables households to grow their own food. We are also part of the Beacon Hill Community Garden Network.
Plant-a-Row, Donate-a-Row (PARDAR)
This is a city-wide program that encourages people who grow food in their community garden plot or at home to donate. We have our own volunteer-tended plot of a 1/3 acre located at the Just Food Farm.
New Roots Farm Program for Refugees
In partnership with Just Food, we support refugee families who were farmers to grow their own food and learn about farming in Canada.
We envision a resilient, connected and vibrant community where everyone has access to good food.“