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Who We Are

The Community Food Basket of Ottawa was formed as a joint .venture between the United Way and area churches.  We opened our doors in May 1998. Today we operate as an independent 501(c)(3) organization.

We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, drawn from our community, and are managed by small staff.  All other work is done by our amazing volunteers!

In fall of 2018, the Board of Directors made the monumental decision to take steps to convert our service to a client choice food pantry. A 12-month plan that included a remodel, expansion and switch to client choice was enacted in 2019. 

We closed our doors on December 26, 2019 and began renovations the very next day. Construction ran through the end of January. We re-opened for client choice shopping on February 3, 2020.

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