Compassion Centre

Our Vision, Mission, & Values

Vision: To support our neighbours in achieving adequate supply of food in Ottawa East (K1C).

Mission: To provide food and assistance to our K1C neighbours.

Values: We are committed to responding to the needs of our community through food distribution.

  • Compassion and Respect without Judgement – Turn no one away from services
  • Positive relationships – Always encourage positive relationships with clients and the community
  • Education –Promote healthy eating while reducing hunger.
  • Collaboration– Engage and involve other agencies and services providers in our community.
  • Diversity & Multiculturalism – Understand the diverse individual and cultural needs in our community.

Hours of Operation

SPECIAL Hours for December, 2019:

Tuesday, Dec. 10     1:00pm – 3:00pm
Saturday, Dec. 14    10:00am – noon
Tuesday, Dec. 17     1:00pm – 3:00pm
Saturday, Dec. 21    10:00am – noon

The Food Bank Hours

First and third Tuesday of the month, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Second and fourth Saturday of the month, 10:00am – noon


Whether you’re an individual or a group, there are many opportunities to volunteer. Only through our collective efforts can the Community Compassion Centre achieve our mission of providing food and assistance to our K1C neighbours. Those who would like to better their community by donating their time are appreciated and essential to our meet the food needs of our community! To volunteer, please email us at or call us at 613-837-3555 x332.

Who does this Apply to?

If you need food assistance and you live in the K1C district (in Orleans, Ontario), we’re here to help. Founded in 2019, the Community Compassion Centre is a member agency of the Ottawa Food Bank and serves individuals who live in the K1C District. Our mission is to provide food and assistance to those who need support.

What You Need to Bring

Please bring your proof of address to every visit. (Please Note: Proof of address is not required for children under 18.) Your proof of address can be any document that has recently been mailed to you at your current address and that shows the date, your name and your address. Examples of a proof of address include a bank statement, a hydro or heating bill dated less than two months, your lease agreement, etc.

On your first visit, please bring identification for each person in your household. Your identification can include one of the following: birth certificate, Canadian citizenship card, passport, driver’s license, etc. Every subsequent visit, you will still need to show identification.

On your first visit, you need to bring proof of income for each adult (18 yrs +) who lives in the same household. Proof of income can include one of the following: notice of assessment, Canada Child benefit (CCB), last three pay stubs, Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), etc.

If you are not sure of what to provide, please feel free to ask one of our volunteers and we’d be happy to help.

Thank You to Our Staff and Volunteers

Marlene Tosh
Project Lead and Recruitment and Training Coordinator

Alan Ellis
Food Inventory Coordinator

Amy Porteous
Communications Coordinator

Charity Kwapisz
Services and Activities Coordinator

Curt Porteous
External Partnership Coordinator and Board Liaison

Jill Blanke

John and Phyllis Kennedy
Hospitality and Food Safety Coordinators

Linda Demell
Client Intake Coordinator

Liz Hu
Internal Food/Funds Donation Coordinator

Tim Tosh
Physical Resources Coordinator

Violet Mason
Service teams/scheduling Coordinator

Wayne Tosh
Staff Support Coordinator

Donate Today or Get Involved

Help With Hunger By Donating Today!

The Christmas Program

Dear K1C neighbours:

The Christmas Season is quickly approaching. During this special time when we will make memories with families and friends, we also wish to share joy and kindness to the new friends and neighbours we are meeting through the service provided by the Community Compassion Centre Food Bank.
We would very much like to offer the opportunity to all who wish to participate with us in sharing the joy of the season with our neighbours.

How can you help?

Sponsor a Family

The financial donations received from donors like you will help to ensure that all our neighbours have food on their table this holiday season.

Donate Now

Organize a food drive

Should you wish to organize a food drive for the Community Compassion Centre Food Bank, please contact Curt or Marlene at 613-837-3555, ext. 332.

To make a food or gift donation:

Items Most Needed

  • Cereal
  • Canned fruits(preferably in natural juice)
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned juice (tomato and apple)
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Tomato paste
  • Canned meat (ham, salmon, turkey and chicken)
  • Flour/sugar/rice
  • Assortment of pasta
    • Cooking oil
    • Pancake mix
    • Syrup
    • Cake mix (for birthdays)
    • Cake icing
    • Jam or jelly
    • Honey
    • Hot chocolate
    • Oatmeal
    • Bags of potato, onion, carrots, sugar, apples, oranges or clementines, bananas


  • Health snacks for children (fruit cups, applesauce, nut free granola bars, juice boxes
  • Cheese strings
  • Baby foods and cereal
  • Baby formula
  • Gluten-free products
  • Soap/shampoo/toothpaste
  • Tampons/sanitary pads
  • Laundry soap—powder or liquid
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Diapers (all sizes including #5 and #6)
  • Pull-ups (L and XL)/Goodnites

Special holiday foods and treats

  • Turkey or small chickens
  • Box of stuffing
  • Canned cranberries
  • Butter / margarine
  • Bags of potato, onion, carrots, sugar, apples, oranges or clementines, bananas
  • Desserts and  treats
  • Coffee or   tea
  • Gluten free products

Gifts for children by age:

1 – 12 months (Baby boy or girl): 

  • Musical Toys (Xylophones, rattles, squeeze toys)
  • Pretend Play Toys (play phones, pretend kitchenware)
  • Shapes and Construction (baby blocks, stacking toys) 
  • Sensory Toys (plush toys, teething toys,)
  • Interactive Toys (wooden puzzles, activity tables, interactive play mats, black and white books, toys with mirrors)
  • Clothing (onesies; sleepers)

7 – 8 (boy or girl):

  • Books
  • Puzzles
  • Science kits
  • Puppets
  • Lego®
  • Race tracks
  • Board games
  • Chess and checkers
  • Rocks and gems
  • Knitting/art kits
  • Outdoor toys
  • Painting kits
  • Activity books
  • Clothing (winter gloves; touques)

1 – 2 years (boy or girl):

9 – 12 (boy or girl):

  • 3D Puzzles 
  • Clothing (winter gloves; touques) 
  • Board games 
  • Sports equipment
  • Journals
  • Funny books
  • Joke/Riddle books
  • Mechanical toys
  • Card sets
  • Comic books
  • Gift pass to trampoline park

3 – 6 years (boy or girl):

  • Books
  • Puzzles
  • Games
  • Clothing (winter gloves; toques)
  • Jump ropes 
  • Toy cars and trucks
  • Percussion instruments
  • Butterfly nets and Insect terrariums 
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Drawing easels
  • Washable markers, paints, crayons
  • Activity books (stickers, puzzles)
  • Playdoh sets (moon sand etc.)

13 – 17 years (boy or girl):

  • Movie passes 
  • iTunes gift card (apple play or Spotify) 
  • Subway gift cards
  • Clothing or shoe store gift card
  • Go carting pass for them and a friend
  • Insulated water bottle
  • Games
  • Make-up
  • Clothing (winter gloves; touques)
  • Gift cards for clothing

Gifts for Adults


  • Scarves
  • Gift basket
  • Toiletries
  • Winter gloves and touques
  • House slippers
  • Make-up sets


  • Socks
  • House slippers
  • Shoe protectors
  • Winter scarves and torque
  • Shaving lotion
  • Shaving sets
  • Hand warmers

Gift Cards:  Landmark Cinema, Starbucks, Tim Hortons, Chapters and Place d’Orléans and the Science and Tech Museum

Donations may be dropped off at the Community Compassion Centre Food Bank, 1825 St. Joseph Blvd.
Weekdays Monday – Friday

Between 0900-1400. A drop off bin is available inside the east doors leading to the church office.