Where to find a free meal in Ottawa this Christmas
Charities still offering hot dinners, to-go options despite the pandemic
Several Ottawa charities and non-profits are still offering free meals during the holiday season this year, despite the pandemic.
While COVID-19 restrictions have changed many aspects of their services, they're still offering to-go hot meals, food hampers and even some in-person get-togethers.
Here's where Ottawans can go if they need a meal over the next few days:
Free meals on Christmas Eve
Caldwell Family Centre
At 1475 Caldwell Ave. from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Full holiday turkey dinners available along with takeout options.
Parkdale Food Centre
At 1064 Wellington St. W. at rear door from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Holiday takeout meals available (both turkey and vegetarian options) as well as hot chocolate and free fruit and vegetables.
St. Joe's Women's Centre
At 151 Laurier Ave. E. from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sit-down meals and takeout meals available at a limited capacity indoors. Serves women and children only. Holiday gift bags are also available.
At the Tom Brown Respite Centre at 141 Bayview Station Rd., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Takeout and dine-in meals are available.
At 309 McArthur Ave. from 12:30 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. Hot meals as well as grab-and-go sandwiches are available.
The Big Turkey Takeout at Restaurant e18hteen
At 18 York St. from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Turkey dinner with the trimmings, or a vegetarian lasagna available for takeout.
St. Paul's Eastern United Church
At 473 Cumberland St. from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Coffee along with grab-and-go meals are available.
Free meals on Christmas Day
Parkdale United Church in partnership with The Carleton Tavern
At 429 Parkdale Ave. from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Takeout meals are available along with free delivery for those in the area who can't pick up their food.
Shepherds of Good Hope
At 233 Murray St. from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. Sit-down and takeout meals are available to people over 18 years old.
St. Peter & St. Paul's Anglican Church
At 152 Metcalfe St. from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Bagged lunches available to anyone who lines up at the door.
At the Tom Brown Respite Centre at 141 Bayview Station Rd., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Takeout and dine-in meals are available at the arena.