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A Peek into the Pantry: Winter 2020 Newsletter
Volunteers are a vital part of Dalhousie Food Cupboard’s operations (DFC), and during the Covid-19 Pandemic, they have adapted and confirmed their commitment to the community and our clients.
Larry (right) and Peter (left) are friends who volunteer regularly. Larry has been coming to help out at DFC for 4 years, Peter for 3.
When asked how DFC has changed in their time, they both said that it had grown considerably in terms of the number of clients served, and the different services offered at the centre.
They both agree that their favourite part of volunteering is meeting clients, and getting to know them. They have seen how many clients have had to rely on DFC, simply due to bad luck in their jobs or lives. They have witnessed how the food bank provides opportunity for important social interaction for clients and volunteers. Coming to the DFC, it is clear that there is a strong sense of community between staff, volunteers and clients.
Volunteer Help Wanted
Due to Covid-19, we have had to adapt our services and volunteer procedures. We are planning to offer delivery services next month to clients who face barriers coming to our food bank at Bronson Centre.
If you are interested in volunteering for this program, contact us at (613) 230-3982 or email@example.com
Cooking for a Cause Initiative
The Ottawa Community Food Partnership (OCFP) is a collaboration between nine core groups, who applied for, and received, an Ontario Trillium Grant for two years. Thankfully, this funding was extended until end of October 2020.
OCFP Partners: Bethany Hope Centre, Dalhousie Food Cupboard, Gloucester Emergency Food Centre, Parkdale Food Centre, Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre, Rideau- Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre, St Joe's, St Luke's Table, Somerset West Community Health Centre
During COVID-19, OCFP’s parent, Parkdale Food Centre, formed a partnership with 15 paid food businesses to produce 4,000 nutritious meals per week for 27 social agencies in town. They called it Cooking for a Cause. Meals are distributed through PCFP. Cooking for a Cause Ottawa continues to look for new funding sources that will allow it to serve even more meals. OCFP members hope to soon meet virtually to solidify its vision, and begin the process of bringing more organizations into the fold.
For more information, contact Erica Braunovan, OFCP Coordinator. Trillium Grant is administrated by Parkdale Food Centre
Local Business Turn Up the Heat to Fight Food Insecurity
The masters at Beyond the Pale Brewery and artisans at Meow That's Hot! paired up to create the hottest product in town. And the best part is that all proceeds will support local initiatives to fight food insecurity here at Dalhousie Food Cupboard.
Fuzz on Fire! is a hot sauce with a unique flavour, one derived from an ingredient seldom associated with hot sauce – grapefruit ! Earlier this year, we held a virtual beer-tasting event with Beyond the Pale Brewery, which led to them donating grapefruits left-over from producing one of its top selling beers, Pink Fuzz. There were so many grapefruit available, we knew we had to find a solution to make sure that all this fresh fruit could be used.
This is where Meow That's Hot! comes in. They started by juicing some of the leftover grapefruit. Next, they added strawberries, sweet potatoes, and naturally, jalapeno peppers to bring the heat. The result is a fresh, citrus-forward, versatile sauce that goes with everything from tacos, and wings to eggs and beyond!
We encourage people to purchase a bottle of this great sauce while supplies last.
Bottles can be purchased at Beyond the Pale and Meow That's Hot's retail locations or online (with some delivery options) at the links below:
Meow That's Hot: https://meow-thats-hot.myshopify.com/products/fuzz-on-fire-dalhousie-food-cupboard-fundraiser
Beyond the Pale: https://btpshop.ca/collections/christmas-gift-ideas/products/beyond-the-pale-dalhousie-fuzz-on-fire-hotsauce
For those facing food access barriers, the Holidays season can bring extra challenges. If you’re able to give this year, consider donating to Dalhousie Food Cupboard. We are busy buying holiday items & treats for our clients, and will need to restock the shelves & fridge with healthy food for our clients as soon as the New Year comes in.
On behalf of each & every one of us at Dalhousie Food Cupboard, have a safe and healthy holiday!
November 25, 2020
The amazing brew masters of Beyond the Pale Brewery have partnered with the legendary hot sauce wizards at Meow That’s Hot in support of our local food bank to create a delicious new chili sauce.
Fuzz on Fire uses juice from grapefruits zested for BTP’s Pink Fuzz wheat beer, combines it with jalapeño peppers, and hints of garlic and strawberry – yielding a perfect mixture of tart, sweet, and heat.
This sauce goes great with ribs, wings, tacos, and more – and the proceeds from each bottle will support our efforts to provide emergency food support in the community.
Join us on December 1st to celebrate the Fuzz on Fire release party. This free-to-view event will be broadcast from the Taproom and you can watch live through Dalhousie Food Facebook page.
On the menu for the Release showing: BTP SmoqueHouse Chicken Wings smothered in Meow! That's Hot - Fuzz on Fire sauce and Pink Funk and Dark Picante. Tune in to enjoy the mayhem.
Find this special product at:
Virtual Launch Event can be found here: https://fb.me/e/4QrEvcL8V
Our 2019-2020 Annual Report is now available.
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