Hunger Knows No Politics

Councillors Rick Chiarelli, Keith Egli, and I, along with MPP Lisa MacLeod and MPP Bob Chiarelli will be coming together to help our local FAMSAC food cupboard. Come out and support FAMSAC from 2-4pm this Saturday at the Bells Corners Fire Station (3845 Old Richmond Road). 

Bay Ward residents understand the value that FAMSAC provides to our community, particularly residents of Crystal Beach and Accora Village. I hope residents will join my Council Colleagues and our local MPP’s as we try and fill the remaining gap of 150 Christmas Hampers. During the Holiday Season FAMSAC’s work is particularly valuable across the city, and Bay Ward residents have been particularly generous in the past.


(Nepean) - Politicians of all levels have joined forces to ensure that the cupboards are filled at FAMSAC this holiday season and no one goes hungry.  Nepean MPP’s Bob Chiarelli (Ottawa West Nepean) and Lisa MacLeod (Nepean-Carleton) may represent different political parties at Queen’s Park but when it comes to the local FAMSAC food cupboard that services their respective constituencies they and other local politicians are united in helping their neighbours. The FAMSAC Food Cupboard is short 150 Christmas Hampers in the Bells Corners, Crystal Beach, Bayshore, Craig Henry, Manordale and Trend Village neighbourhoods and the MPP’s are coming together along with Nepean City Councillors Keith Elgi (Ward 9), Mark Taylor (Ward 7), and Rick Chiarelli (Ward 8) to help raise the foods necessary and the approximately $15,000 needed to pay for the hampers.


"At this time of year, it's important for everyone to come together to help our neighbours who are having trouble making ends meet. FAMSAC does amazing work to get food to families in our community but they need more donations to reach all those in need. I'm pleased both Lisa and I can combine our efforts to help FAMSAC reach its goals and ensure food for every table this holiday season." - Bob Chiarelli, MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean


“FAMSAC provides a valuable service to our community and it’s particularly important at this time of year to remember those who go without, especially young children whose parents are struggling to make ends meet.  I am happy to work with my colleague Bob Chiarelli, the Bells Corners BIA and Ottawa Fire to make sure children in Nepean won’t go hungry this Christmas”
- Lisa MacLeod, MPP, Nepean Carleton


MPP’s Chiarelli and MacLeod will host a food drive at the Bells Corners Fire Station #43 (3845 Old Richmond Road) in Bells Corners on Saturday, December 17th between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. with FAMSAC collecting nonperishable food items and monetary donations.  Residents are invited to drop in for hot chocolate and cookies and make a contribution.


To sponsor a Christmas Hamper is $100 and cheques can be made payable to FAMSAC or made online at Food items that assist in the hampers include small bags of rice, coffee, tea, canned corn, canned meat (chicken), canned mixed veggies, cereal (preferably whole grain), canned green beans or peas, jam, mac and cheese and pasta sauce. 

For More Information – Kayla Fernet, 613-716-6008 




"Since the middle of 2016, we’ve seen the need for emergency food assistance rise in our neighborhoods, so we are expecting a higher demand for Christmas hampers as well.  Over 200 families - including 265 children – have requested a hamper this holiday. We ask that the community to come out and help us ensure they all will be able to enjoy a full Christmas dinner and a week’s worth of groceries” - Jeremy LeBlanc, President of the FAMSAC Board of Directors 

"FAMSAC has a long standing tradition of supporting the most vulnerable ‎in our community. I’m confident that our residents will step up to contribute this holiday season.”- Councillor Keith Egli, Ward 9

“If we all do our part, this will be another hugely successful year for FAMSAC” – Councillor Rick Chiarelli , Ward 8

“Protecting Lives and property in communities across Ottawa is not the only support the men and women of the Ottawa PFFA perform. On our off duty time, countless hours are given back to those same communities and organizations like FAMSAC in support of the tremendous work they do helping others.”  - Ottawa Professional Fire Fighters Association and Ottawa Fire Service

“FAMSAC does a great job providing much needed food for those in our community that require assistance and the Bells Corners BIA wants to be there to support their efforts during the holiday season and their time of need. We hope others will join us in our support and do the same.”- Jim Sourges, President, Bells Corners Business Improvement Area



Mark Taylor 


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