Centretown Community Food Centre

We are proud to announce that we have partnered with the Centretown Community Food Centre.
When you chose to participate in our ‘Return to Donate’ program by returning your unscanned blue Friendlier containers to the Red Apron, fifty cents per container is donated into a fund that supports work in our local community.
We look forward to expanding our partnership with the Centretown Community Food Centre and working to help eliminate food waste in our kitchens while increasing accessibility to fresh and healthy foods in our community.

The Red Apron Community Fund

This year The Red Apron Community Fund will be used to provide financial support to an Indigenous Student interested in studying Culinary Arts or Farming in Ottawa, specifically through programs hosted by Algonquin College or Just Food. Each year, we’ll look at needs within the community and work with our partners to keep our local food economy strong!

Parkdale Food Centre

The Parkdale Food Centre is an organization that we have had an ongoing relationship with for many years. They believe that everyone should have access to healthy, nutritious food and focuses on providing fresh, local, wholesome foods to our neighbours in need.  During the 2020/2021 Pandemic the Red Apron partnered with Parkdale and their #cookingforacauseottawa initiative and throughout the pandemic the Red Apron donated more than 10,000 meals with a value exceeding $100,000.00. These meals were distributed to various organizations throughout the city including Shelters, Shut-in Seniors, Community Cupboards, Community Health Centres, and more.

The Ottawa YMCA

The Red Apron routinely donates food to the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region which goes to support two programs.

The Second Stage Housing Program for Youth is a supportive transitional housing program for youth aged 16-24 who are homeless or at risk of being homeless, are no longer able to live at home, and who need some assistance as they move towards independence. The program provides safe, supportive housing and life-skills programs for youth currently involved in a full time combination of school, training, treatment or employment.

The TRY program provides low cost housing with support for women who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. TRY has 43 private rooms with shared common washrooms and kitchen facilities. Rooms come furnished with a closet, bed frame and small fridge.

When the Red Apron driver arrives with food, it is distributed to the residents of these two programs.