Monthly Food Supplement
Emergency Food Assistance
Low income individuals and families wishing to obtain emergency food assistance should call the food bank phone line at (514) 842-1214, Monday to Friday, between 9 am and noon for an appointment. Appointments are made for the following day depending on availability.
An evaluation of the individual's financial situation is made at each appointment. Consequently, it is important to bring the following documents to every appointment: a proof of identity for each person living at the same address and a proof of address of each person aged 18 years or older, a proof of all household bills paid during the current month and those to be paid as well as a insulated bag to transport frozen food such as meat.
Monthly Food Supplement
The food supplement program is designed to help a vulnerable clientele with specific needs: the elderly (including those requiring kosher food), pregnant women and HIV positive individuals.
Following a financial evaluation at the initial appointment, the counsellor issues a membership card allowing the beneficiary to receive food once a month. The card is valid for one year, after which the financial evaluation must be repeated.
Sun Youth assigns one day per month for food distribution to each group. It is strongly recommended to the people concerned that they pick up the products related to their needs on the scheduled day as the availability of some products is dependent upon the donations Sun Youth receives. Senior Day is the first Monday of the month, Kosher Day (day for seniors requiring kosher food) the first Thursday, the Day for pregnant women is the second Tuesday of the month and Magic Day (day of HIV positives) the second Thursday.
The idea of starting a collective kitchen as a way to offer a new type of service to its clientele and also to encourage food autonomy and security has been simmering in the back of Sun Youth’s mind for a long time. The first group created to take part in Sun Youth’s collective kitchen was composed of volunteers of the organization, part of the Centre de réadaptation en déficience intellectuelle et en troubles envahissants du développement de Montréal (CRDITED). For many of them, this fun culinary activity was a chance to gain useful knowledge, develop new skills and enhance their autonomy. The collective kitchen is intended for anyone who cares about keeping healthy food habits. It also gives participants the opportunity to get involved individually and collectively in the community sharing values of solidarity, equity, mutual support and social justice while developing food autonomy.
Over the last few years, Sun Youth has undergone a slow but steady move towards increasing the amount of fresh products in its food baskets.
The Little TD Garden was the first garden Sun Youth developed. Located on the grounds of our summer camp in the Laurentiens, it is a vegetable garden created and maintained since 2012, thanks to the renewed support of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. A second garden was established at the organization's St. Urbain street headquarters, in the 2013 summer, through the support of Sentier Urbain, allowing the Sun Youth Day Camp children to make their first steps in the fascinating world of urban agriculture.
In 2014, Sun Youth expanded its urban agriculture project by opening a third garden on the grounds of its warehouse located in Ville Saint-Laurent. On May 21st 2016, Sun Youth and Foresters Financial continued the growth of the garden with new additions including: a lettuce wall, a support structure for the gardeners to enjoy shade while working, the addition of grape vines, small fruit trees and asparagus. Foresters Financial provided all of these along with 500 vegetable plants and the help of more than 60 volunteers. The food produced will be distributed through Sun Youth's food bank.