Monday, October 19, 2015 — They came, they saw, they ate. The Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) Foundation held its third annual Ottawa Food Truck Rally on Saturday, September 26th at the former St. Charles Church in Vanier. 17 of Ottawa’s top food trucks met in the heart of the Vanier community to satisfy the hunger of over 2000 eager foodies.
The event was sponsored by ModBox, a design-forward real-estate development company, committed to thoughtful, modern architecture. ModBox, owner of St. Charles Church, graciously offered the use of their 135 Barrette Street location (just off of Beechwood Ave) for the rally.
In addition to the Ottawa food trucks, this year’s Ottawa Food Truck Rally showcased 3 local breweries, a kids’ zone organized by Wallack’s and the Ottawa School of Art, several vendors from the Farmer’s Market located nearby and local British alt-rock sensation, The Start.
Howard Whittaker, the Executive Director at the OCH Foundation, was thrilled by the turn out. “It was truly unbelievable to see so many people gathered to support the OCH Foundation,” explained Whittaker. “There was an amazing sense of community spirit. Everyone seemed to be having a great time – we’ve heard nothing but great things since.”
Several notable guests were on hand for the day’s festivities, including: the Honourable Mayor Jim Watson, the Honourable Ottawa-Vanier MPP Madeleine Meilleur, City Councillor and OCH Board Chair Mathieu Fleury, 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 and Hydro Ottawa President and CEO Bryce Conrad.
The rally raises funds for a scholarship that is awarded annually to a tenant of Ottawa Community Housing. The OCH Foundation announced its first recipient at the 2015 rally. Amanda Demers is currently attending Algonquin College’s Culinary Management Program. Once she has her diploma she plans to open her own food truck with the help of her two children.
Through a focus on education, employment and community engagement, the OCH Foundation brings together community leaders to help families, seniors and individuals achieve personal success. Currently there are over 10,000 children and youth living in community housing in Ottawa. Through initiatives such as the Ottawa Food Truck Rally, Pack a Sack and the Ron Larkin Scholarship Fund the OCH Foundation raises funds to support tenants living in OCH communities.