A Kanata food bank says it’s feeling the impact of the NHL lockout on Ottawa Senators employees and businesses around Scotiabank Place.

The Kanata Food Cupboard, about three kilometres away from the arena, says the lack of hockey-related economic activity is bringing them new customers.

“Even just the restaurants that are close by, their staff don't have as many hours because they don't get as much business,” said Jenna Sudds with the food bank.

“Stores are not seeing as many sales, it really has a trickle-down effect right through the community."

Anyone using the Food Cupboard will notice another difference – no longer will you be handed a hamper of food, instead you’ll be allowed to shop for yourself.

“We're not going to give you the hamper of food that we think you need,” said Isra Levy.

“Come in and look at the shelves and take the things that you like and the things that you know are going to be nutritious for you."

The food bank said they will be running programs to help show people how to cook healthy food to best use its benefits.

It’s also hoping to stock fresh fruits and vegetables in 2013.

With a report from CTV Ottawa’s Norman Fetterley