Finding Food in Ottawa during COVID-19 – Please forward to everyone in your work and home networks asap

Just Food Newsletter April 10, 2020

In this Newsletter:

1. Good Food at Your Doorstep Launched | First order due by Monday 13th at noon for deliveries next Friday / Saturday

2. Connect to for information on where to find food in Ottawa both if you are struggling with income AND if you are more financially secure and looking for online options

1. Good Food at Your Doorstep Launched | First order due by Monday 13th at noon for deliveries next week

Low income and vulnerable households can order a ‘Good Food at Your Doorstep’ box full of fresh fruits and veggies for $20. There is an option to donate a box to a household financially impacted. You may also buy a box for someone you know who is having difficulties affording food by using their delivery address and phone number.

The project provides those facing financial barriers to access food with an affordable ($20) box packed with a variety of fresh fruits and veggies delivered right to the doorstep, with delivery free of charge, thanks to Ottawa Community Foundation.

Due to the social distancing requirements, all home deliveries are ‘no contact’. Once the order is placed, customers will receive their box on one of the delivery days later that week between Wednesday and Saturday (9am-5pm). Produce changes weekly depending on availability and seasonality. Orders placed by Friday of each week will be delivered the following week, with an extension given on orders for delivery this first week until Monday April 13 at noon.

The Ottawa Good Food Box, in collaboration with MarketMobile, led by the Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre, partnered with Ottawa Community Foundation, North House Foods and Just Food, is launching Good Food at Your Doorstep as one response to the need from COVID-19.

Ottawa Good Food Box - Think Inside the Box

2. Are You Looking For Food online or delivered? Visit /

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, you may be looking for ways to buy online. Just Food will continue to update Good Food Ottawa as a one-stop-shop for finding food – for those struggling with income AND for those who are more financially secure AND for people seeking options to support local farmers. This service existed before, will be updated during COVID-19, and will exist into the future, to ensure good information on food is available.

Please share these sites throughout all of your networks as quickly as possible to ensure everyone has updated information on services available:  

On it, you will find:

  • Resources just published by City of Ottawa re. what is open now for emergency food support, for household and for isolated seniors
  • Good Food at Your Doorstep: a $20 box of fresh fruit and vegetables with free delivery for those struggling with low-incomes 
  • Savour Ottawa Buy Local Food Guide: Producers newly updated on April 8, 2020 – find local farms, restaurants, markets, retail, breweries, wineries and microprocessors (including those who have online shops)
  • CSA Farms: a detailed listing of who still has boxes available for the 2020 season (CSA stands for Community Shared Agriculture farmers in the Ottawa region)
  • Groceries and Restaurants: find online stores and restaurants that are open and operating with pick up or delivery options
  • FoodLink Directory: food bank, community meal program, community kitchen or meal programs (Please check individual websites for updated COVID-19 hours as many of these may be closed or have reduced hours)
  • Farmers’ Markets: find more information on farmers’ markets in Ottawa as it becomes available.  Many are moving towards online ordering with pick-up options

If you are aware of places that are not on the above lists, or aware of information that has changed, please let us know at

Start-up Farm Program

Just Food established the Start-Up Farm Program to support new farmers in the Ottawa region. By offering access to land, shared infrastructure/equipment, and training, the program aims to enable more people in this region to start their own successful farm business.

> Read More about Just Food’s Start-up Farm program