19th Ave New York, NY 95822, USA
Assistance . Emergency . Food . General

How Sun Youth Contributes to Montrealers’ Food Security

March 5, 2020

How Sun Youth Contributes to Montrealers’ Food Security

“Food security means that all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their food preferences and dietary needs for an active and healthy life.” — United Nations’ Committee on World Food Security

If you’re familiar with Sun Youth and what they do, then you know that the organization is a registered charity in Montreal that focuses primarily on helping the most vulnerable members of our city. But what you may not know is that they have several food programs. They offer a Food Assistance Program, a community garden, a community kitchen, and home delivery services.

The Sun Youth Food Assistance Program has existed since the late 1950s. In 1981, the organization created the first food bank in Montreal, in complement to existing soup kitchens. The food bank allowed parents to bring food back to their house so they could cook for their children. It now serves around 2400 families per month. Part of the food used in the baskets comes from food donations from companies and food bought by the organization with money donation from the population; another part comes from the organization’s community gardens.

Since its creation, 6,261 lbs of fresh food have been harvested. The gardens provide immediate food relief by bestowing the clients of Sun Youth’s food bank with organic produce, thereby increasing their food security. The gardens are also a safe space to connect with others and share knowledge. They offer a great opportunity to seniors and children to develop new skills, gain useful knowledge and be physically active. It also allows children to become aware of agriculture-related issues. Since many of the food bank users are recent immigrants with no emotional support in Montreal, Sun Youth’s gardens also are an ideal location to develop a social network and break social isolation.

Sun Youth’s collective kitchen is also a great place to meet new people and a wonderful place for cultural exchanges. People from different countries meet and exchange typical recipes and also learn to cook Quebec traditional meals. Our collective kitchen (started in 2015) is intended for anyone who wants to keep healthy food habits, gain useful knowledge and get involved in the community by sharing values of solidarity, equity, and mutual support while developing new skills. Participants are not asked for a financial contribution to take part in the program. The collective kitchens are open to people of all ages, backgrounds who are curious to discover recipes together.

The home deliveries represent 15 % of Sun Youth’s food bank clients. Food is delivered to people who are physically unable to come to the food bank (seniors with physical health problems, single mothers with newborns, people with mental health issues, etc.)

 

Fresh fruits and vegetables offered by Sun Youth’s Food Assistance Program.

OTHER NEWS

The Avi Morrow New Bicycle Distribution Selection Is Now Officially Open!

Community
The Avi Morrow New Bicycle Distribution Selection Is Now Officially Open!
21 January

The Avi Morrow, New Bicycle Distribution selection, is now officially open, and we are accepting candidates up until March 15th. New bicycles…

Read More

Rolf C. Hagen Inc. donate an impressive $50,000 to Sun Youth Organization.

Alumni
Rolf C. Hagen Inc. donate an impressive $50,000 to Sun Youth Organization.
3 March

We want to thank all of the people over at Rolf C. Hagen Inc for supporting us during this difficult time. Your…

Read More

Offering Help During the Coldest Period of the Year

Assistance
Offering Help During the Coldest Period of the Year
3 February

Every year, cold waves affect the lives of the city’s vulnerable people. The cold can keep some people in precarious situations, can…

Read More

Your Participation Allowed Us to Help 12,000 Disadvantaged Montrealers

Assistance
Your Participation Allowed Us to Help 12,000 Disadvantaged Montrealers
26 January

We wish to thank everyone who took part in Sun Youth’s holiday operation this year. Your participation allowed us to help 12,000…

Read More

NOW MORE THAN EVER

About
NOW MORE THAN EVER
21 December
Read More

Great trees for a good cause!

Christmas
Great trees for a good cause!
2 December

UPDATE: We are officially sold out of Christmas trees. Thank you to everyone who purchased one from us. The profits will fund…

Read More
X