Food Truck Event Feeds Families in Low-Income Communities

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 — The Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) Foundation held the Food Truck Rendez-Vous on Saturday, September 24th at the former St. Charles Church in Vanier. 12 of Ottawa’s most popular food trucks were on-site to feed over 1,200 eager food enthusiasts.

ModBox, a design-forward real-estate development company, was front and centre again this year as Title Sponsor. Seeing as development has not yet started on the St. Charles Marketplace
(details here), Modbox graciously offered the use of their 135 Barrette Street location for the event.

In case the trucks weren’t enough, the OCH Foundation brought together several community partners, including Dominion City who were slinging seasonal craft beers, Clarkstown Kitchen and Bar to offer a taste of fine wines, the New Edinburgh Community and Arts Centre who hosted a glass lantern building workshop, local Farmers’ Market vendors with fresh goods on display and returning Brit-Rock superstars, The Start, who rounded off the entertainment for the event.

Howard Whittaker, the Executive Director at the OCH Foundation, was delighted by the overall feel of the event. “Everyone was just having a good time,” explained Whittaker. “The food, the music, the drinks – everything seemed to come together well to create the perfect atmosphere for this great, community-centric event.”

Several notable guests were on hand for the day’s festivities, including: the Honourable Mayor Jim Watson, the Honourable Ottawa-Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi, City Councillor and OCH Board Chair Mathieu Fleury, City Councillor Tobi Nussbaum, Ottawa Community Housing CEO Stéphane Giguère, ModBox CEO and Managing Partner Darryl Squires, ModBox Director of Sales and Marketing Melissa reeves, ModBox Project Architect Andrew Reeves, OCH Foundation Board Chair Wayne French, and Director on the OCH Foundation Board of Directors Dennis Chartrand.

Proceeds from the Rendez-Vous were donated to the MarketMobile, a local initiative that provides fresh produce to families living in low-income communities in Ottawa at affordable prices. MarketMobile was also present during the event, having pulled up in their signature trailer to give attendees a first-hand look at how they help put food on the plates of the people they serve.

With a focus on education, employment and community engagement, the Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) Foundation brings together community leaders to help families, seniors, and individuals achieve personal success.