CITIZEN: Regulations bar Stittsville pizzeria from donating food to Ottawa shelter

Nicholas Dunne reports in the Ottawa Citizen:

The Shepherds of Good Hope says “inadequate” handling in transporting hundreds of donated pizzas from a Stittsville Little Caesars has prompted it to change its policy on accepting donations of prepared food and it will no longer take “certain prepared food items until we are able to upgrade our current infrastructure.”

The transportation issues were the apparent cause behind the City of Ottawa’s pointing out to Shepherds that regulations state the food must be distributed, transported and handed out at either 4 degrees or lower, or 60 or higher.

The shelter had been taking 80 to 120 pizzas every week from the pizzeria, which fed more than 300 people per sitting, according to a Facebook post by owner and operator Jason Lee.

After Lee’s post was shared on Facebook and posted separately on Reddit, overall reaction was anger toward the city.

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Jason Lee's Facebook post about pizza donations


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