Ottawa, ON (May 22, 2020) –Atlético Ottawa announced Tuesday the launch of an Atlético Ottawa mask campaign to benefit the Ottawa Food Bank. All net proceeds from the sales of the masks will help provide food to those in need throughout the region. As new members to the Ottawa community, it is important that while we wait to get on the pitch at TD Place that we do our part to support those in need,” said club CEO Fernando Lopez. “Supporting the Ottawa Food Bank with all the great work they do in the city to create a healthier city by empowering people, increasing access to healthy food, and advocating for systemic changes that reduce food insecurity is crucial during these times.” With Canada's chief public health officer officially recommending Canadians wear non-medical face masks when maintaining a two-metre distance isn't possible, Canadians are growing more accustomed to wearing cloth face masks while walking around their neighbourhoods or running errands during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fans and supporters can show their team pride by wearing Atlético Ottawa non-medical grade protection masks and by part of the We Are One community. With the main goal being to provide emergency food relief to people in need in Ottawa, the Food Bank is also working towards doing food banking better and making change. In the first five weeks of their COVID-19 response, the Ottawa Food Bank has been able to provide 665,450 lbs of food through their member agency network. The face coverings will be available in adult size and can be pre-ordered online here. Masks are tentatively scheduled to ship in early June. Cost for two (2) face masks will be $19.99 plus tax and shipping. About the Ottawa Food Bank The Ottawa Food Bank is the main emergency food provider in the National Capital Region. Through a network of 112 community food programs, the Ottawa Food Bank provides food for over 39,000 people per month – 37 per cent of whom are children. With a focus on fresh, and thanks to the community’s support, on average 12 to 14 tons of food is distributed from their Michael Street warehouse every weekday. For more information regarding the Ottawa Food Bank and how you can help provide healthy, accessible, sustainable food for all, please visit www.ottawafoodbank.ca

The use of cloth face coverings is not intended to replace other recommended measures to limit the community spread of COVID-19, such as social distancing, washing your hands and refraining from touching your face. Please visit the and Public Health Agency of Canada and the Government of Ontario for more information.

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