Early HIstory

Heron Emergency Food Centre commenced operations in June of 1987, utilizing space in the kitchen of the Multi-Service Centre Building at 1480 Heron Road. Four churches in the area founded the HEFC by hiring a part-time coordinator: St. Timothy's Presbyterian, Emmanuel United, St. Aidan's Anglican and St. Thomas the Apostle Anglican. Food was provided by the Ottawa Food Bank.


The following year saw a formal Board and incorporation as a non-for-profit. A grant of $10,700, was received through the Regional Municipality from ESAP (Emergency Shelter and Assistance Program) fund and HEFC began buying food to augment that provided by the Ottawa Food Bank. A first freezer was obtained from St. Timothy's Church.  Additional grants were secured in the following years and HEFC began in earnest.

Contact Us

Heron Road Community Centre Building
1480 Heron Road, 1st  Floor, 
Ottawa ON  K1V 6A5


Tuesday 1:30 - 3:30 pm 

Wednesday 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Thursday 1:30 -3:30 pm

Friday 9:30 - 11:30 am

Christmas hours

HEFC closed :

Dec 24, Dec 25, Dec 31, Jan 1

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Serving the needs of South East Ottawa.

One of The Ottawa Food Bank’s Member Agencies   

HEFC is a Registered Charity No. 89004 3540 RR0001

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