Designed to meet emergency needs, our food bank helps families or individuals facing difficult situations by giving them food. Food baskets typically contain perishable and non-perishable food items in quantities reflecting the number of family members. Baskets also contain hygiene products and cleaning supplies received from donors.
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 9am 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:
- a proof of identity for each person living at the same address;
- 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;
- 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.
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.
Started a few years ago, our collective kitchen 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, mutual support while developing new skills.
Over the last few years, we have undergone a slow but steady move towards increasing the amount of fresh products in our food baskets. One of our major partners in doing so is the Foresters Financial.
The Little TD Garden was the first vegetable garden we developed. Located on the grounds of our former summer camp in the Laurentians, it was created in 2012 with the support of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. A second garden was established at our St. Urbain street headquarters, in the 2013 summer, through the support of Sentier Urbain, allowing our Day Camp children to make their first steps in the fascinating world of urban agriculture. In 2014, we expanded our urban agriculture project by opening a third garden on the grounds of our warehouse located in Ville Saint-Laurent. The food grown there goes to our food bank.