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With deep regret, the Centretown Churches Social Action Committee’s Board of Directors announces that Kerry Kaiser will step down from her position as Coordinator of the Centretown Emergency Food Centre, effective 1 January 2021. During her 26-year tenure, Kerry has been the welcoming and compassionate face of the Centre, helping countless numbers of clients who struggle to maintain their families and themselves while living on limited incomes. Whenever she spoke to a CCSAC member congregation – and she spoke to many – Kerry related stories of clients who were able to turn their lives around, thanks to the services provided by the CEFC.

Kerry will leave with an impressive list of accomplishments: she has attracted, trained and retained a corps of dedicated volunteers; she has mentored social work students; she has forged a strong network with other social service organizations in the downtown core; and she has ensured that donor contributions are used efficiently and effectively for their intended purpose. The CCSAC Board thanks Kerry for her many years of dedicated work, and we wish her well as she takes time to be with her family and friends.


Since March, the Centretown Emergency Food Centre (CEFC) has managed to sustain operations serving clients two days a week (Mondays and Fridays).  We’ve changed from a client-centered service to an over-the-counter food service offering grocery bags of food, with lots of social distancing,  face shields, masks and gloves.  For the most current information on service, please consult CEFC’s website at or the CCSAC Facebook page.  If you are interested in assisting those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic, please consider an online donation to assist with grocery purchases via our donations page.  (

Thanks, as always, to our supporters and donors!

Upcoming  Events

Save the Date!

CCSAC will hold its fifth annual walkathon virtually this year!  Plan on a solo or family walk around Parliament Hill or in your own neighbourhood on Sunday, October 4th.  More information to follow here or on our CCSAC Facebook page.  All arrangements will be in compliance with COVID-19 public health guidelines.  Come and join us!

Recent Events

AGM via Zoom! On May 27th, CCSAC held a very successful Annual General Meeting via Zoom.  Highlight of the meeting was an update from Allison Dingle, Chair of the Centretown Emergency Food Centre Management Committee, on how the CEFC has managed to keep operating and serving needy clients during the pandemic.

On January 29, 2020, CCSAC representatives joined a rally at City Hall in support of more affordable housing.  Later that day, City councillors unanimously passed a motion declaring a homelessness and affordable housing emergency in the nation’s capital.
On Nov 27,  CCSAC and the CEFC hosted their annual Advent Service and Luncheon.  Reverend David Illman-White of Centretown United Church offered an inspirational homily during this year’s Advent Service.
On Oct 30, CCSAC held it annual Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Fr. Timothy Nelligan graciously welcomed clergy and representatives from  CCSAC member churches.   This year’s theme for the Prayer Breakfast was hospitality.  In his homily Fr.Nelligan spoke about the true meaning of hospitality and its importance in our lives.
On Oct 6, CCSAC hosted the fourth annual Walk for the Centre. Over 100 walkers enjoyed the scenic routes through downtown Ottawa and together we raised over $20,000 for the Centretown Emergency Food Centre. Thank you to all our walkers and sponsors!
On April 3, CCSAC held its Annual General Meeting at Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish. See more photos here. To read the text of the address given by Willard Metzger, Executive Director at Citizens for Public Justice, click here.