A magical evening with the CP Holiday Train!
What a wonderful time we had at this year’s Canadian Pacific Holiday Train at the Beaconsfield Train station! Over 4,000 people were in attendance to meet Santa Claus and admire the illuminated train, as well as to enjoy great musical performances by Melanie Doane and Roxanne Potvin. The generous participants brought in 2,148 kilos of foodstuff and we also received close to $ 17,000 in donations, including $15,000 from the CP and $ 1,807 from the public present. Big thanks to Produits Plaisirs Glacés and to Melitta Canada, who gave out treats and hot beverages, as well as to all the people who made this night a success. The Holidays are officially in full swing! We are already looking forward to seeing all of you again next year!
Moisson Montréal’s annuel recognition event : an exceptional evening!
On November 25, at the Rialto Theatre, Moisson Montreal hosted friends and supporters to highlight their unprecedented commitment to Moisson Montreal’s mission. It was also an opportunity to present the 2013 Ambassadors who will now be part of the Ambassadors Club, a circle of people whose contribution is crucial to the growth of Moisson Montreal. Five categories and criteria were established to meet the different forms of commitment shown by individual benefactors to Moisson Montreal. Awards were given to exceptional donors in terms of time, money and foodstuffs. From the bottom of our hearts we thank Mr. Brossoit, Ms. Glenisson, Mr. Chenail, Mr. Lessard and the Savoie Family (Mr. Eddy Savoie, Ms. Carmelle Savoie, Mr. Eddy Junior Savoie, Ms. Nataly Savoie, Ms. Nadine-Coïne Savoie, Ms. Janet Savoie, Ms. Nancy Savoie)!
We also want to thank our partners who helped make the evening a successful one: Yannick Mitchell, photographer at Ferland Photo, the Milestones Trio, Formidée Ispo Facto Communications, FleurExperts and the Rialto Theatre. Thank you everyone!
Moisson Montréal publishes the 2013 Hunger Count
On Tuesday, November 5, Food Banks Quebec and all the 18 food banks part of the network across Quebec, including Moisson Montréal unveiled the results of the Hunger Count, a survey held every month of March in parallel with that of Food Banks Canada. The Hunger Count aims at evaluating the use of emergency food aid services locally, regionally and nationally.
A few of this year’s highlights: If the number of Montrealers using food aid emergency services has receded from March 2012 to March 2013, the demand for foodstuff itself has not slowed down. In one month only, Montreal Island community organizations responded to over 148,000 demands for foodstuff distribution and served close to 386,000 meals and snacks. Another concerning statistic, children and adults, over the age of 65, constitute an ever-growing proportion of the emergency food aid beneficiaries; we can see a variation of 9,5 % from 2012 to 2013.
To learn more about the use of emergency food aid services on the Island of Montreal, please consult the 2013 Hunger Count.
Moisson Montréal launches its meat recuperation program
In order to keep increasing the quantity, quality and diversity of food distributed to partner organizations, Moisson Montreal constantly continues to expand its operations.
In the past few weeks, Moisson Montreal began a pilot project recovering meat from Loblaws stores. To date, there are four grocery stores participating in the project, but if everything keeps going well, the project could be expanded to more than 50 stores. Moisson Montreal gives food a second life as 99% of the food we distribute is recovered. The meat recovery program is perfectly aligned with this philosophy. Since October 15, we have recovered an unforeseen amount of meat, which will allow our partner organizations to provide more nutritious meals to their users.
The Holiday Train pulls in to the Beaconsfield train station on November 26
Every year, the fully illuminated and decorated Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, travels across Canada to help local food banks collect goods and donations in view of the Holiday Season. Each stop is a festive family affair where musicians and Santa Claus share the stage for a 45-minute concert. Moisson Montréal is the host and beneficiary of this magical event in Montreal, which will take place on November 26. Join us as of 6:30 p.m. at the Beaconsfield train station (104, Elm Avenue, Beaconsfield) where we’ll be awaiting you with surprises, animation and big baskets ready to receive your donations. The train is expected at 7:15 p.m. sharp and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Come celebrate with us, don’t miss this free and magical evening where fun meets generosity!
Small act, big impact
A new free mobile app on iPhone, "I Can Go Without", allows those who download it to be directly linked to organizations that have a social mission. While directly connecting a donor’s intent with immediate opportunities to connect with a cause, “I Can Go Without” lowers costs and barriers associated with charitable giving. Several local, national and international organizations are put forward by this initiative, including Moisson Montreal. We thank the creators of this application for supporting Moisson Montreal’s mission and especially for having developed a tool that allows the act of donating to be a concrete and simple one.
The Quebec Waste Reduction Week
The Quebec Waste Reduction Week (QWRW), the only campaign aimed at raising awareness about the issue of waste reduction, deployed at the national level, will be held from October 19 to 27. Its objective is to promote information sharing and initiate lasting change in the habits of waste treatment in all spheres of our society.
Go run with École Supérieur de gestion de l’UQAM students!
On October 14, in the context of the 2013 Commercial Games, the students of the ESG UQAM, invite you to go run a 5K or a 10K benefiting Moisson Montreal. We want to thank the delegation of ESG UQAM 2013 Commercial Games for integrating Moisson Montreal in the largest interuniversity competition in North America. Hoping to see many of you at this great autumn race starting at 9am at Maisonneuve Park, for a cause dear to your heart!
Christmas at La Ronde, a very merry day of giving!
On July 25 and 26 it was Christmas at La Ronde. In addition to meeting Santa Claus, visitors were invited to take part in La Ronde’s food drive: by bringing six non-perishable food items, they received a coupon to purchase a one-day ticket for $ 20.13. The first edition of this activity was stellar with almost 6000 kg of food collected! Thank you very much to La Ronde for thinking of Moisson Montreal during the summer and thank you very much to everyone who made donations.
Activities that make a world of difference!
In July, Moisson Montreal was the beneficiary of innovative third-party activities that have helped us maintain appropriate food stocks as well as raise public awareness about the issue of hunger. These activities take place at a crucial time since the summer months mean school closures and the interruption of certain food aid programs they offer. This creates new demands for local organizations offering food aid on the territory (provisions, meals, snacks, community kitchen, etc.); demands that Moisson Montréal must respond to.
On July 24, Megan Clark and Adrian Arts, students at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, made a stop in Montreal as part of their cycling tour across Canada to raise awareness on food insecurity while collecting food donations for local food banks. Over 135 days, these brave activists will cycle more than 10 000 km promote the work of food banks! Thank you, Megan and Adrian, for your stop in Montréal, where over $ 400 and tens of kilos of food were raised in only a few hours at Loblaws Angus!
The “Valorisation Jeunesse” Program
Every summer, Moisson Montreal welcomes nearly a dozen young workers through the Valorisation Jeunesse program, a project run by “Intégration Jeunesse du Québec”. The goal of the project, aimed at young men and women aged 16 to 18, is to prepare them to the workplace. The program also encourages academic perseverance and promotes career exploration. This year, for a period of six weeks, Moisson Montreal welcomed seven participants for a first work experience. They worked as warehouse clerks and performed different tasks such as distribution, food sorting, housekeeping, also offering their help in our kitchen and on our delivery routes. “We were allowed to touch upon various tasks and therefore have a meaningful first work experience", commented Sid Ahmed Boumedien of the 2013 cohort. In addition, these seven young people had the opportunity to take part in public events organized by or for Moisson Montreal such as the Feed the Future BBQ, Five Hole for Food, FoodRide and the food drive at La Ronde as well as De Petits pas contre la faim. As the end of the program approaches, we thank all the participants for their inspiring presence wish them good luck in their future endeavors.
La Ronde celebrates Christmas… in July.
For the first time, La Ronde and Moisson Montreal will celebrate Christmas in July! On July 25 & 26, Santa will temporarily leave the North Pole to come meet with visitors, young and old, at La Ronde. This is the perfect occasion to organize a food drive! Each visitor who brings at least six non-perishable food items will get into La Ronde for only $ 20.13 plus taxes, a discount of more than 60%. Now that’s an offer one can’t refuse. And it will only last two days, so save the date in your agenda now.
On July 9, play hockey for food!
For the fourth year, the dynamic team of Five Hole For Food will stop in Montreal as part of a tour that will take in 13 Canadian cities to collect food items for local food banks.
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to come play ball hockey for a good cause on Tuesday, July 9, from 4 to 7 pm, at Place du Canada (corner of rue de la Cathédrale and boul. René-Lévesque). All you need to bring : one or a few non-perishable food items, your sportsmanship and why not a few friends? All ages and skill levels welcome.
Last year, the Five Hole For Food Canadian tour raised more than 133,000 pounds of food and has set a new yearly goal of 250,000 pounds of food.We would be very happy to count you among the players who support the cause by jumping into the ring for one or more friendly games. All the food items received will be donated to The Open Door, a local community organization accredited by Moisson Montréal.
See you there!
Feeding Our Future program resumes its service from June 25 to August 3, 2013.
For the 12th year, Moisson Montreal and Sodexo are working together to provide more than 40,000 lunches to more than 1,200 kids from 13 day camps coordinated by community organizations accredited to Moisson Montreal.
Despite evidence that hunger causes stunted growth, increases the chances of illness and reduces school performance, it is more than two million children in Canada live who in families who are forced to skip meals or eat less because of financial constraints. The number of Canadians who are at risk of starvation is estimated at 5.5 million and 40% of food bank recipients are children in Canada. To alleviate some of this great problem, the Feeding Our Future program was introduced by the Sodexo Foundation in order to offer free lunches during the summer for children who receive subsidized meals during the school year. This program is active in nine Canadian cities, including Vancouver, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto, Oakville, Montreal and Halifax. Last year, more than 137,000 meals were distributed throughout the country.
Thanks to the generosity and commitment of Sodexo, it becomes possible to provide relief not only to Montreal families, but also to food banks who face a greater demand during the summer months, mainly due to the interruption of meal programs offered in schools.
Moisson Montréal is proud to take an active part in the Feed our Future program by ensuring the recruitment of the participating day camps and by doing the daily delivery of the lunches.
Moisson Montreal’s 11th Golf Classic: a definite success!
What a wonderful day we had at Moisson Montreal’s 11th Golf Classic presented by Provigo, Maxi, Maxi & Cie, Loblaws, in collaboration with National Bank Financial Group! More than 300 participants responded to Moisson’s invitation to play, give and help on June 3, at Île Bizard’s St-Raphael Golf Club, for a day of fun held under the patronage Pierre Dandoy, Senior Vice President, Operations, Provigo and Loblaws Québec. Our traditional golf tournament was followed by a cocktail, music and dance performances, a three-course gourmet dinner and an exciting live auction. Canadiens player Francis Bouillon was there to auction off an autographed official jersey. Sports commentator Dany Dubé; Hall-of-Famer and Canadiens Ambassador Yvan Cournoyer as well and Commander Robert Piché were also among our guests.
This amazing day allowed Moisson Montréal to raise 294 172 $, an amount which will greatly contribute to the pursuit of our activities. Taking into account Moisson’s leverage effect, the event’s profits will enable us to provide healthy, nutritious food to 1,200 people for an entire year!
Moisson Montreal wishes to recognize the tremendous work of the organizing committee; the passion of the host, Nathalie Lambert; the enthusiasm of all participants and the commitment of all the volunteers, some of which return year after year to give us a helping hand. Many thanks also to all our service providers as well as to our precious partners and sponsors : Provigo and Loblaws Québec, National Bank Financial Groupe, Les Résidences Soleil / Groupe Savoie, Weston Bakeries, Naya, Lassonde, Labatt, PepsiCo Canada, Montréal Auto-Prix, Élixirs, Magenta Studio Photo, DuProprio, Astral, Yves Rocher, Casino de Montréal, Loto-Québec, Joey’s Limo, Honda de Saint-Jean and Formidée Communications.
On the photo : Richard Blain, President of the Board of Administrators; Nathalie Lambert, host; Dany Michaud, Executive Director, Moisson Montréal; Pierre Dandoy, Honorary President of the 13th Golf Classic and Vice-President, Operations, Provigo and Loblaws Québec. (Photo : Yannick Mitchell/Ferland Photo © Moisson Montréal 2013)
The F1 Grand Prix and Moisson Montréal join forces!
The F1 Grand Prix of Canada is coming in at full speed and Moisson Montreal is pleased to announce that it will take part in this year’s festivities. Hence, thanks to a new partnership between the Grand Prix and Moisson Montréal, all F1 attendees are invited, on June 7, 8 and 9, to make a non perishable food or monetary donation at one of the site’s entrances or at Moisson Montréal’s kiosk.
The presence of Moisson Montreal at Formula 1 Grand Prix of Canada represents a unique opportunity to share our mission and values, but also to demonstrate how the smallest donation can go a long way in making a difference in the lives of families. Per example, a $5 donation will enable Moisson Montréal to redistribute $85 worth of food, enough to give one child a “vacation from hunger” for 2 weeks! To illustrate this impact, our volunteers will give a Moisson beach ball to each person making a $5 or more donation over the week-end.
The partnership with F1 Grand Prix was born last winter when the Octane Racing Group Inc. came to volunteer in our warehouse. They witnessed the tremendous need for food aid in Montreal and decided they wanted to do their part to raise awareness on the issue. It is with great hope and enthusiasm that the two organizations join forces for the cause for a first common effort.
Those who will not attend the Grand Prix can still donate online all week-end at www.moissonmontreal.org.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Moisson Montréal and its Director Awarded
It’s always an honour to have one’s work recognized and this spring, Moisson Montréal was extremely fortunate to receive two gracious prizes underscoring our work in the community.
On May 29, Mr. Dany Michaud, Executive Director of Moisson Montréal, won the Young Executive in Quebec Award, presented by BMO Financial Group, as part of the 36th edition of the ARISTA Awards, the largest Québec-wide competition organized by the Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal. The whole team and the Board of Administrators wish to congratulate Mr. Michaud for his work and dedication Moisson Montréal’s mission. A leader at heart blessed with boudless energy, Mr. Michaud has proven to be a unifying voice in the field and has allowed Moisson Montréal to make major strides in the improvement of its services to the community.
In addition, on April 16, 2013, the Social Economy Initiative of the Marcel Desautels Institute of Integrated Management of McGill University awarded a social impact certificate to Moisson Montréal in recognition of its unique contribution to the social wel-being of citizens throughout the greater Montreal region. We are very proud of this acknowledgement, which we see as an invitation to pursue our mission with ever-greater passion and conviction.
The second Week for Sharing, a Food Banks of Quebec initiative, will take place from May 6 to May 11 throughout the province. During this week, citizens are encouraged to join in the fight against hunger by lending a hand to someone suffering from hunger or by sharing time, food or money with their local food bank. All week long, follow the campaign on the Facebook pages of Moisson Montréal or Food Banks of Quebec and take up the posted “sharing” challenges! Also follow the Week for Sharing on Twitter at #PartageQC. Share the word!
Want to wear heels for a good cause? That’s exactly what House of Shoes is offering from May 9 to May 16! Mention “Moisson Montréal” at the cash and 10 % of your purchases in shoes and boots will be given to our organization! A win-win offer that is right on time for Mother’s Day. Address : 203, Hymus Blvd., suite 203, Pointe-Claire.
On May 26, 27 and 28, thousands of Quebecers made their way to outlets of the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) in order to buy white wines for a purpose : during the 3-day Generous Wines campaign for each bottle of white wine sold on those days, the SAQ donated $1 to Food Banks of Quebec and its 18 Moisson members including Moisson Montréal. In addition, the suppliers of six specially selected white wines upped the ante by another $1 or more. Thanks to the population’s enthusiastic participation, the SAQ was able to present a cheque of $97 601 to Moisson Montréal.
“We are extremely happy to benefit from the Generous Wines campaign again this year, said Dany Michaud, Executive Director at Moisson Montréal. The campaign has a great impact since the money we receive allows us to maintain our necessary food collection, sorting and distribution operations. We are very grateful for all the work done by the SAQ, its organizing partners and also wish to thank the many people who have taken part in this collective effort against hunger.”
Donations and food collected will be donated to Food Banks of Quebec and redistributed among the organization’s members, including Moisson Montréal. At your next visit to one of the participating stores, we invite you to drop off foodstuff in the big blue boxes. A small gesture to make a big difference.
Play, give and help at our 11th Golf Classic
The 11th edition of the Moisson Montréal Golf Classic will be held on Monday, June 3, 2013, at Golf Saint-Raphaël. The event’s honorary president will be Pierre Dandoy, Senior Vice President, Operations, Provigo and Loblaws Québec.
Greatly anticipated by our friends, partners and benefactors, the event will include a gourmet dinner, entertainment, an auction, contests and prizes. So it is with great enthusiasm that we invite you to join us for this special day, which will allow you to combine pleasure, generosity and the great outdoors in a very charming setting. The evening will be hosted by Olympic champion and author Nathalie Lambert and a co-host will be announced shortly!
To reserve a ticket, confirm a sponsorship or make a donation, please visit http://www.moissonmontreal.org/en/golf_classic.html or contact Catherine Poirier at 514-344-4494, ext. 238, or email@example.com .
Looking forward to seeing you on June 3rd.
Wanted : Summer volunteers for various activities
The cold weather still lingers, but we’re already getting ready for summer at Moisson Montréal. We are presently looking for outgoing volunteers to collect donations and raise awareness about hunger during various upcoming cultural and touristic events. You are the social type and would like to use your communications skills in order to help fight hunger? Call Audrey Lauzon-Laroche at 514 344-4494, ext. 236. We will find the activity most suited to your taste!
Volunteers needed : The Great Food Drive for Children!
You are energetic and like to communicate? Get together with your friends, family members and/or colleagues and help us collect money and foodstuff at one of the Great Food Drive for Children drop-off locations! From March 19 to April 7, 2013, we will be collecting money and food donations to help 21,000 kids aged 0-5 who suffer from hunger in the Montreal area. People under the age of 16 can participate accompanied by an adult. Certificates of volunteer hours may be issued for school credit purposes. For more information or booking, contact Audrey Lauzon-Laroche at 514 344-4494 ext 235.
List of drop-off locations and dates (shifts are usually 3 hours long):
This generosity, expressed and repeated year after year with the same conviction, is proof that you are never too young to make choices that reflect your true values and your compassion. We wholeheartedly thank you, Charlemagne and David, for your long-lasting support. Know that again this year, hundreds of children will find happiness in their dinner plate thanks to you.
Your Pennies Are Worth Gold
February 4 marked the official end of the Canadian 1 cent coin. Ready to part with the pennies that are weighing down your wallet and piggy bank? Moisson Montréal can make the most of them. Thanks to our leverage power, a simple roll of pennies (50 cents) allows us to distribute enough goods to feed one person for a whole day.
Why not organize a coin-rolling party for a good cause? To donate : 514 344-4494, ext. 239.
Never too late to share good news!
At last, we have obtained the results of the « Feed the Holiday Spirit » 2012 campaign. This yearly initiative invites friends of Moisson Montréal – businesses, institutions or individuals – to hold food drives and therefore lend a hand in our Holiday Season effort.
After a slow start in November, the campaign ended up being successful beyond all our hopes. Over 210 local businesses and individuals (50 % more than last year) held food drives that brought in over 27 797 kilos of food stuff, a 10-ton increase compared to 2011. This amazing contribution had a concrete impact on the quality of the food aid we were able to provide at the turn of the year. We also wish to thank the participants and organizers of the 11 special events to benefit Moisson Montreal that were held last December. Thanks to them, we received $ 4 068,11 and 2 283,7 kilos of foodstuff. Belated but heartfelt thank you to all.
The Moisson Montréal reality explained
To those of you wishing to better understand the reality of a large-scale, urban food bank such as Moisson Montréal, we recommend viewing the interview our Executive Director Dany Michaud gave to Les Francs-Tireurs last month. In this piece, Mr. Michaud tells co-host and journalist Patrick Lagacé the need for emergency food aid is, unfortunately, ever-growing and constant throughout the year. Each month, Moisson Montréal must collect enough food donations from various suppliers in order to help over 142 000 people. It also must raise the funds necessary to run the distribution operations on which our 200 partner community organizations depend. This alone requires relentless work from our team and volunteers, as well as the renewed support of our benefactors and friends.
This interview, like others, brings to light the essential role the media play in raising awareness on important issues such as hunger and poverty.
Dany Michaud and Richard Blain receive the Diamond Jubilee Medal
On December 16, 2012, during a ceremony held in Montreal, Dany Michaud, Executive Director, and Richard Blain, Chairman of Moisson Montréal, were both awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal as a recognition of their invaluable work at Moisson Montréal. This new commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne. Throughout last year, the Diamond Jubilee Medal was awarded to 60,000 Canadians who, through their actions and achievements, contributed to the betterment of society. Our Congratulations to Misters Michaud and Blain, two very deserving citizens indeed.
Important money donations in December
Wanting to help in a significant way during the Holiday Season, many business joined in our pre-Christmas effort by making a substantial donation to Moisson Montréal. Their support helped us make sure that no one was forgotten during the Holidays and that needing families will be fed in the cold months ahead. Among these generous donors, we wish to thank :
Alice and Euphenia Stewart Family Foundation : 1800 $
Bloomblerg LP : 1141 $
Bristol-Myers Squibb : 20 000 $
Capella Telecommunications : 2400 $
Casino de Montréal : 25 000 $
Edelman : 2500 $
FCCAM : 5000 $
Fondation Denise et Guy St-Germain : 3000 $
Fondation René Malo : 10 000 $
FTQ Construction : 7000 $
Insight Canada : 3595 $
Kellogg Canada : 20 000 $
La Fondation de bienfaisance T.A. St-Germain : 2000 $
Le Fonds de justice sociale des TCA-Canada : 5000 $
Madame Lise Bissonnette : 1000 $
Multi Bag Imports : 1800 $
Roxboro Excavation inc. : 10 000 $
Royal Canadian Legion BR 57 : 3000 $
United Acoustics and Partitions (2003) inc. : 1000 $
Walmart : 25 000 $
At Moisson Montréal, each 1 $ received enables us to receive, sort and distribute 15 $ worth of foodstuff. With the above-mentioned donations, we will be able to feed 2453 families of 4 for a whole month! Thank you!
Bell: A generous, communicative partner
This month, Bell is helping improve Moisson Montréal’s potential for effective communication by installing free IP telephony equipment at our premises. Moisson Montréal would like to thank Bell, and in particular Martine Turcotte, Vice Chair, Québec, for this technology upgrade, which had become increasingly necessary. Bell is a supporting partner for many of Moisson Montréal’s projects and events, notably our Annual Classic Golf tournament. They have also contributed more than $180,000 to the Moisson Montréal cause over the years.
CP Holiday Train : what a blast!
What a wonderful time we had at this year’s Canadian Pacific Holiday Train! Over 3000 people were in attendance to admire the illuminated train, as well as to enjoy great musical performances by Miss Emily, The Brothers Dubé and the Beacon Hill School Youth Choir.
The generous participants brought in over 1533 kilos of foodstuff and we also got $14,744.32 in donations, including $6000 from the CP and $7,227.15 from the Montreal CP employees. Big thanks to Produits Plaisirs Glacés and to Starbucks Coffee Shops, who gave out treats and hot beverages, as well as to all the people who made this night a success. We are already looking forward to next year’s Holiday Train!
Businesses committed to the fight to end hunger
In recent weeks, several organizations held special events to raise funds for MM. From September 24 to October 19, through various internal activities, BDO Canada collected $5,214.83 and over 3800 kilos of foodstuff: a contribution which will allow 85 families to eat healthy meals for 1 month! Thank you!
On November 20, Lolë stores launched their Yellow Label Program. Until December 24, bring a second-hand but saleable coat to any Lolë store, where they will restore it and sell it online at a minimum price of $20. All proceeds will benefit local food banks; Moisson Montreal is the recipient of the initiative in Montreal. Revamp your wardrobe for a good cause!
Lastly, part of its "Largest Giving Day", Visalus is currently conducting a major operation extending across Canada and the United States. Members of the community can buy a bag of 30 servings of Visalus (a meal replacement) at cost price; the purchased pouches will be delivered directly to a local food bank on December 15, to be distributed to families in need.
A busy schedule in December
We are deeply touched by the number of people and groups who have come forward to hold events benefiting Moisson Montreal during this holiday season! Through concerts or Jiu Jitsu marathons, they contribute to the feeling of happiness and abundance we wish to spread this Holiday season. The “pre-Christmas” marathon started with the Ésimésac premiere, where a food drive took place on the red carpet. Result: 177 pounds of foodstuff was collected. Thank you to the organizers!
Here are the dates to remember:
- Morgan Page at New City Gas, presented by Prodkt
Bring 3 cans of soup (or any 3 non-perishable food items) and attend the show for free.
- Effet Domino at l’Hémisphère Gauche (presented by l’Effet Domino and COCO UQÀM)
The cost of admission ($8) will be donated to Moisson Montreal.
- Show/CD launch for the band Kebeko at l’Absynthe.
Part of the proceeds will be donated to Moisson Montréal.
- 24 h Brazilian Jiu Jitsu marathon, held by Montreal Revolution Team
Donations and foodstuff will be collected at the event, benefitting Moisson Montréal.
- NCW Show at 711 des Érables Street
Give non-perishable food items and get $2 off the price of admission.
- Comedy and music show "Apporte des denrées pour entrer" at Café Campus, (presented by CHOI 91,9 FM). Free admission with donation of non-perishable food items (places are limited).
On November 28, we welcome the CP Holiday Train
Every year, the wonderful people at Canadian Pacific send a fully illuminated and decorated Holiday Train across Canada to help local food banks collect goods and donations for the Holiday Season. Each stop is a festive family activity : one of the wagons becomes a stage where local and American music bands alternate for a 45-minute concert.
Moisson Montréal is the host and beneficiary of the Holiday Train night in Montreal, which will take place on November 28. Join us as of 6:30 p.m. at the Beaconsfield train station (104, Elm Avenue, Beacsonsfield) where we’ll be awaiting you with surprises, animation by the Beacon Hill Choir and big baskets ready to receive your donations. The train is expected at 7:15 p.m. sharp and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Don’t miss this free evening where fun meets generosity.
In October, Excellence Média, Blue And Media, Livingtson International Inc. and the Verdun Ti-Cats football league all worked really hard to raise money and collect donations for Moisson Montréal through various events or creative initiatives. Thanks to their efforts, Moisson received 3 820 kilos of foodstuff and $ 483,95 in donations. Special thanks also to Casey’s Restaurant at Marché Central who, through their Feed your Soul campaign (which benefited Les Banques alimentaires du Québec and Moisson Montréal) contributed to hunger awareness.
Want to hold a special activity to benefit Moisson Montréal? Contact Catherine Poirier at 514 344-4494, ext. 238.
On Tuesday, October 30, Quebec Food Banks and Moisson Montréal unveiled the results of the Montreal and Québec Hunger Count, a survey held every month of March in parallel with that of Food Banks Canada. The Hunger Count aims at evaluating the use of emergency food aid services locally, regionally and nationally. A few not-so-rejoicing highlights : if the number of Montrealers using food aid emergency services has receded from March 2011 to March 2012, the demand for foodstuff itself has not slowed down : in one month only, Montreal Island community organizations responded to over 146 317 demands for groceries and served over 459 777 meals and snacks. Another saddening statistic : children constitute an ever-higher portion of the emergency food aid beneficiaries, having gone from 37,4 % of the total beneficiaries in 2011 to 40,9 % in 2012.
For more info, please consult the press release HERE.
Centraide launches its annual fund drive
Every year, Centraide marks the beginning of its annual fund drive with a March of 1000 umbrellas. Thousands of people got together in Montreal’s downtown on October 3, 2012, to take part in this colorful event that underlines the need to fight daily against poverty and social exclusion. Moisson Montréal volunteers and team members were there to support the cause and to thank Centraide for its long-time financial support. With the funds received by Centraide, Moisson Montréal is able to finance a part of its daily operations and a part of the Good Food Box program, presented here.
To donate to Centraide : www.centraide-mtl.org
Eat out for the cause!
Until this Thanksgiving (October 8), eat out for a good cause during Casey’s Feed the Soul campaign, held at Casey’s restaurants throughout Quebec and Ontario - including the Marché Central location. 1 $ will be given to Banques alimentaires Québec and/or to local food banks when you order specific items on the menu. Bon appétit!
On September 29, Yelp, an online community of well-informed consumers, held the first Yelp Eats for Hunger Relief in select local restaurants around Montreal. All collaborating to raise funds and food stuffs for Moisson Montréal, these restaurants offered delicious specials in exchange for non-perishables with purchase of a main dish. Thank you to Yelp, the participating establishments (Zéro8, Les Deux Gamins and Imake) and all the generous restaurant-goers who participated.
FCC Drive Away Hunger Campaign
Since September 24 and until October 19, Farm Credit Canada is accepting donations in funds and non-perishable food items during its annual Drive Away Hunger Campaign, all to be redistributed to Food Banks Canada and to local food banks across the country. The idea of the campaign took form in 2004, when an FCC employee, out of his own will, drove an open-cab tractor and trailer for eight days in the Ontario region of Listowel. Camping along the way, he collected food and donations for local food banks. Since then, the Drive Away Hunger Campaign has allowed FCC and its partners to redistribute over 3,5 kilos of foodstuff.
To donate or get more info:
Moisson Montréal at the 2012 Mondial de soccer du SPVM
After a summer-long training, hundreds of teens and young adults, from 12 to 25 years-old, gathered at Jarry Park on August 25 and 26 for the Mondial de soccer du Service de police de la Ville de Montréal. This yearly initiative aims at providing young people with a fun and healthy activity during the summer months and at encouraging dialogue between police officers and citizens living in some of Montreal’s most “sensitive” neighbourhoods.
Moisson Montréal provided snacks and juice to the athletes and their volunteer coaches during their training sessions. Big congrats to the SPVM and its various partners, and two thumbs up to all the athletes, who showed great sportsmanship.
Santa Maria Foods makes a meaty donation
Santa Maria Foods recently donated 1,600 racks of Italian-style pork back ribs to help feed the hungry at Moisson Montreal, a much appreciated contribution worth $ 20,000. “We’re delighted to be able to assist with this donation, said Guy St-Onge, Quebec and Atlantic Provinces Sales Director of Santa Maria Foods.
More and more, working families, the unemployed and seniors are finding it harder to stretch their budgets just to get the essentials in life.” Numerous thanks to Mr. St-Onge and Santa Maria Foods.
McGill University breaks a record – and feeds the community!
On August 28th, as part of the activities planned for the university’s Orientation Week, the McGill Food Services set out to break the Guinness World Record of the biggest fruit salad ever made. A crowd of students and volunteers gathered to cut up 5079 kilos of fresh melons, pineapples, apples and strawberries, thus breaking the previous record held by Fresno University, in California. The activity was also aimed at promoting local farming, healthy eating and community engagement. This “mountain of fruit” was then sent to various organizations, including the Old Brewery Mission and Moisson Montréal. We quickly redistributed the 3171 kg we received to our beneficiaries. Grateful thanks to everybody at McGill for this colorful and nutritious gift.
Scoring Points for a Great Cause!
On July 9, the Five Hole for Food tour stopped in Montreal to play a some street hockey and raise funds and food to benefit Moisson Montréal. This is the brain child of Vancouverite Richard Loat (avid blogger and huge hockey fan), the unofficially named “Will Play Hockey for Food” campaign tours some 13 Canadian cities across the country every summer to collect donations and foodstuff for local food banks. In addition to the team currently on tour, the owner of the Canadiens’ team, Geoff Molson, as well as former players Sergio Momesso and Gilbert Delorme, joined in to score a few assists for the cause. This third edition of the Montreal “Five Hole for Food” helped raise $1,076 and collected more than 400 kilos of food. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of this great event, and we’ll see you again next year! Keep your stick on the ice.
For information www.fiveholeforfood.com
Start a Back-to-School Food Drive
Summer will soon be over, vacations have been taken and it’s almost time to go back to school. As the school year is about to begin, struggling families have a harder time with all the extra expenses. Why not give them a helping hand by organizing a donation and non-perishable food drive at your place of work? It’s as easy as A, B, C! Moisson Montréal provides the materials you need to collect donations and promote your event, and we even provide the pick-up service!
Call Danny Janson at 514 344-4494, ext. 242, he’ll be more than happy to guide you through the organization process.
The Run to end Hunger
Paul Roy, a 50-year old resident of St-Césaire started his one-man campaign to help end hunger last April when he decided to run the 65 kilometres that separate his hometown from Montreal in an effort to collect non-perishable goods. He came up with the idea of “Courir pour les nourrir”, loosely translated as “running to feed them”, when he read that 40,000 children in Quebec go to bed hungry. Mr Roy’s reaction was to take action; he personally delivered the fruits of his labour to Moisson Montréal. He also mentioned that he would be willing to do it all over again. Consequently, Paul Roy will be running future marathons wearing the colours of Moisson Montréal and collecting cash and food donations. To support Mr Roy, we encourage you to visit the Moisson Montréal website. This is further proof that we can all, in our own way, make a real difference in the lives and on the dinner tables of those most in need.
Edelman: A “Little Give” with a Big Heart
Every year, employees at the public relations firm Edelman are called upon to give a little during a one week period entirely devoted to community involvement. The Edelman Montreal team chose Moisson Montréal as the beneficiary of its annual “The Little Give” campaign. Throughout the week of June 11, members of the team led a public relations campaign that included a picnic at the François-Perreault park on July 16, to acknowledge the hard work of our volunteers and partners. And let’s not forget that on June 15th, 26 employees joined Moisson Montréal for a day of volunteering. “The Little Give” campaign allowed us to collect $4,885.97 in donations. Thank you for giving a little of your big heart! Pictures of the picnic can be viewed on our Facebook page. And while you’re there, why not take a few seconds to click on LIKE Moisson Montréal?
Sur la photo :
Anik Trudel, directrice générale et Caroline Julie Fortin, coordonnatrice principale chez Edelman Montréal; l’animateur Jacques Languirand et Dany Michaud, directeur général de Moisson Montréal ont pris part au pique-nique du 16 juin 2012.
Partnering with Moisson Montréal, L’Autre St-Jean goes… green!
On June 23, Moisson Montréal was in Rosemont to take part in the Fête nationale festivities. For the first time since the creation of L’Autre St-Jean, 4 years ago, Moisson Montréal was invited to be a partner of this festive and musical event that takes place in Pelican Park, in Vieux-Rosemont. Event-goers were offered, in exchange for a $1 contribution at the purchase of their first beverage, a Moisson Montréal reusable mug. An environmentally-friendly gesture that allowed us to raise over 2000 $! Earlier that day, Moisson Montréal was among the organizations present at a family fiesta held in Molson Park. “We are very happy to have been able to meet families during the holiday weekend. Remaining close to the Montreal population is very important for organizations such as ours”, said Moisson Montréal General Manager Dany Michaud.
Special thanks to C4 Productions and SODNEC Rosemont, organizers of L’Autre St-Jean.
Photo : Sandra Raymond
All Kinds of Ways to Help Moisson Montréal!
For food banks, summer is often synonymous with fewer contributions; less time, money and foodstuff. Several organizations wanted to give Moisson Montréal a helping hand as the summer season began.
And so, Groupe Prével is presently conducting a fundraising campaign for Moisson Montréal and also receives non perishable food items at the Lowney Building Sales Office located at 180, Ann Street until July 17. Furthermore, while the Five Hole For Food project was in town on July 9, they donated the proceeds of their street hockey game to Moisson Montréal. And finally, as part of its July 1st “Opération déménagement,” Kijiji Québec donated $1 for each new ‘Like’ it received on its Facebook page July 1. These were three very unique ways to contribute to our summer efforts!
You’d like to do your part and you have a great idea? Contact Véronique Beaulac, Development Director, at 514 344-4494, ext. 237.
Catelli Donates Nearly 200,000 Servings of Pasta to Moisson Montréal
Within the framework of the very first semaine du partage alimentaire initiated by Banque alimentaires Québec’s network May 8, Catelli agreed to provide 197,400 servings1 of pasta to Moisson Montréal. Catelli has been a very significant partner to Moisson Montréal over the past six years. “Such a large donation at this time of year is more than welcome,” stated Dany Michaud, Executive Director of Moisson Montréal, “we want to focus distinctively on this significant contribution of pasta from Catelli, since it is produced especially to be donated to the families that come to us for help. Furthermore, this donation comes at a time when our reserves are getting low.”
Thank you Catelli for your generous contribution!
1One serving represents 85 g of dry Catelli brand pasta
Moisson Montréal Acknowledged for its Participation in the MIRE Program
On April 26, the Movement for Integration and Retention in Employment (MIRE) celebrated its 10th anniversary. The MIRE program was first established by Portage in April 2002. Its purpose is to develop the employability and integrate or re-integrate into the workforce people who have been away from the job market.
To help mark the event, the MIRE team invited its partners to thank them for their collaboration and commemorate their achievements.
The Moisson Montréal Human Resources’ team was given an honorary award for its exceptional contribution since 2004. In fact, over the past 8 years Moisson Montréal has been contributing to the success of MIRE by taking in groups of twenty individuals on a monthly basis, which represents more than 4,000 hours of volunteerism.
We’re looking for teams!
Moisson Montréal provides businesses and organizations with an opportunity to experience a unique Team Building activity! Build team confidence, trust and solidarity while helping those in need. We are looking for teams (8 to 20 people) that are seeking to develop communication skills and team spirit and help feed the community - free of charge!
Contact Audrey Lauzon-Laroche, Volunteer Coordinator, 514 344-4494 #235.
Chefs Battle for a Good Cause
From April 19 to May 5, as part of Loblaw’s Extra Helping™ campaign in Quebec, consumers were encouraged to buy or donate non-perishable foods or to make a cash donation in any one of its Loblaws, Provigo, Maxi and Maxi & Co neighbourhood stores. All of the foodstuff and cash contributions were donated to Banques Alimentaires Québec.
This year, Loblaw launched its campaign with a friendly competition between two renowned chefs; Nick Hodge, chef and owner of Kitchenette and Icehouse, two Montreal restaurants, and Guillaume Cantin, the first season’s winner of “Les Chefs” television show. The contest involved the preparation of a 30-minute meal made with the 5 most requested food items from Moisson Montreal - canned fruits, legumes, corn, tomatoes and chicken. Dishes were then submitted to a panel of judges comprised of Thierry Daraize, Journal de Montréal, and nutritionist Geneviève Nadeau, from the Yoopa television network. The duel ended in Nick Hodge’s victory.
Moisson Montreal received a cheque for $500 on behalf of the competition’s judges and its duelling chefs.
In front: Chefs Nick Hodge and Guillaume Cantin. 2nd row: Dany Michaud, Geneviève Nadeau, Thierry Darâiche, the Loblaw team and Zakary Rhissa from BAQ.
11th Edition of Feed The Future
Once again this year, the Moisson Montreal community liaison team will take part in organizing the ‘Feed the Future’ summer program, a joint project in collaboration with Sodexo. The purpose of the program is to prepare a variety of nutritious and delicious meals for children attending day camps in underprivileged neighbourhoods. The goal is to distribute 32,000 healthy lunches throughout the summer. In fact, Isabelle Huot, DtP, PhD, has once again agreed to be the program’s spokesperson and oversee menu composition.
Infopresse Presents Moisson Montréal with 2 Free Tickets To Attend Conference!
On March 22nd, Moisson Montréal took part in the day-long conference on Communication et développement durable being held at the Ex-centris in Montreal. Thanks to the generosity of the people at Infopresse, our organization was able to attend the conference free of charge. We are grateful to the Infopresse team for such an edifying donation!
Casey’s Feeds the Soul
From April 2nd to April 22nd, when you order any of Casey’s slow-roasted back rib entrées with one of their rib sauces, they will donate $1 to Banques alimentaires Québec (Quebec food banks) and local food banks throughout the province. We wish to thank Casey’s at the l’Acadie location for supporting Moisson Montréal. For more information, go to Casey's Facebook page.
Moisson Montréal Were in Attendance at the Parents and Kids Fair 2012
For the 2nd year in a row, the Moisson Montréal team was on site at the Parents and Kids Fair 2012, from March 29th to April 1st, to collect non-perishable food items to feed hungry children. Thank you to all our volunteers, participants and exhibitors, the latter donated more than 2,000 kg in surplus supplies to our food bank.
Artists Committed to Helping Others
More than twenty employees and artists from Bonsound, record company and artist manager, left their instruments behind to help Moisson Montréal sort foodstuff. Keeping the beat and in less than three hours, they sorted over 4 pallets of non-perishable foods, enough to feed nearly 500 people.
There were several artists on site such as Radio Radio, Lisa LeBlanc, Joseph Edgar and members of Monogrenade. Moisson Montréal wishes to stress the artists’ generosity taking time off from their busy schedules to work for the cause. Artists committed to making a difference in the community.
A few employees from Bonsound, record company and artist manager, alogside Jacques, Alexandre and Gabriel from Radio Radio, Lisa LeBlanc, Joseph Edgar, Mathieu Colette and Marianne from Monogrenade.
Pellatt Cornucopia Donates $200 to Moisson Montréal
As part of a Facebook contest to win Pellatt Cornucopia gift certificates, the company, which specializes in the creation of gift baskets, donated $1 for each new “LIKE” posted on their Facebook page for a total contribution of $200. Thanks to everyone who took part in the contest, you’ve also earned Moisson Montréal’s appreciation!
Generosity Never Tasted so Sweet!
Everyone at Moisson Montréal wishes to express its warmest thanks to Geneviève Grandbois, renowned chocolate maker, for her gracious and delicious donation. More than 400 boxes of chocolates were handed out to employees, volunteers and organizations served by Moisson Montréal as part of a Valentine’s Day Mouvement du cœur campaign. This is a social movement aimed at giving “more love to more people”and encouraging people to share a “bite” of happiness. Bravo for this tasty and heart-warming initiative!
Students “Gamble” to Benefit Moisson Montréal
Last January 19 the organizing committee for SIFE Concordia hosted a Casino evening at the downtown Café République to benefit Moisson Montréal. More than 300 students and business people enjoyed an evening of gambling and fun amassing a total of $9,755 for Montreal’s largest food bank. Moisson Montréal wishes to extend its sincerest thanks to this group of students committed to making a difference and helping thousands of needy families across the Island of Montreal. Not to mention that the number of students resorting to food aid services has tripled since 2008.
From left to right, top row: Scott Carr, Isabelle Sauvé, William Atsaidis, Macey Dames, Gabriel Obadia, Claudia Bertuccini, Nickolas Lépine Séguin, Maya Chopova, Nathan Teixeira-Crisostomo.
From left to right, bottom row: Nancy Peng, Katerina Fragos.
IBM Canada Gives the Gift of Time and $5,000
During the holidays, several IBM Canada employees stopped by Moisson Montréal to lend a hand for the day. Their experience with Moisson Montréal reinforced the company’s commitment and IBM Canada donated $5,000 to support our operations.
Recycling and Reuse leads to Gift of Hope for Moisson Montréal!
Lolë launched a campaign in which customers brought in used coats between December 12, 2011 and January 15, 2012, and received a 35% discount applicable for one month on any in-store, Atelier or online purchase.
Lolë inspected the garments and gave them a Yellow Label certification ensuring the coats’ cleanliness and good condition. These coats were then sold through the company website and all proceeds were donated to two food aid organizationsm, a total of $1,270 was equally divided between Moisson Montréal in Quebec and Daily Bread in Ontario. Unsold coats were distributed to shelters located near company stores/ateliers. We want to thank Lolë for starting such a great project to help feed those in need while also encouraging recycling and reuse.
From left to right, Catherine Beauchamp, Lolë and Dany Michaud, Moisson Montréal.
Wal-Mart Donates $50,000
For the third year in a row Wal-Mart Canada has donated $50,000 to Moisson Montréal. The retail giant’s gift represents an important and crucial contribution in operating the Island of Montreal’s largest food bank, which, if you remember, underwent a major makeover to get the most out of its immense warehouse. We wish to thank the whole Wal-Mart Canada team.
Dany Michaud, General Manager for Moisson Montréal, Chantal Glenisson, Senior Vice-President, Eastern Canada, Wal-Mart, along with several Wal-Mart associates from the Chomedey store.
The Holidays were intended for family gatherings and for friends from all communities to get together and Métro hoped that this substantial contribution would help a multitude of families gather around the dinner table to celebrate their respective traditions. On behalf of the 148,460 people across the Island of Montréal who receive food assistance each month, we say thank you for this invaluable gift.
In the usual order: François Blanchard, National Purchasing Director - Fresh Meat, Metro, Ghislain Perron, Director - Special Projects, Métro, Isabelle Dufresne, Communications Consultant, Corporate Affairs, Métro, Dany Michaud, General Manager, Moisson Montréal, Marie-Claude Bacon, Senior Director, Corporate Affairs, Métro, Johanne Thibaudeau, Administrative Assistant, Merchandising, Métro, Ferdinand Minga, Director - Supply and Operations, Moisson Montréal.
Moisson Montréal, Where Generosity Takes Center Stage!
The Holidays are often synonymous with all sorts of celebrations and gatherings and people took advantage of these events to collect donations and foodstuff for those in need. Nearly $4,000 and 225 kg of foodstuff were collected during events to benefit Moisson Montréal and organized by sponsors such as ESG UQAM, BDC, Jean-Eudes College, Abbott Laboratories Ltd to name just a few, as well as several friendly get-togethers. Many of you came by Moisson Montréal to drop off the fruit of your generosity.
Moisson Montréal wishes to thank all of the businesses and individuals who took part in this collective endeavour to help Montrealers, young and old, put food on the table.
A Deliciously Sweet Gift from Ardoise Design
Ardoise Design communications donated 1,152 cans of maple syrup to Moisson Montréal. This sweet gesture is sure to bring comfort to a lot of very grateful people over the holidays. This year, the firm replaced corporate gifts with a donation of maple syrup to Moisson Montréal, such a simple idea that will bring a little holiday cheer to underprivileged Montrealers. Our thanks to Ardoise Design for its support of Moisson Montréal.
Moisson Montréal Committed to Helping Others - Are you?
UQAM’s School of Management (ÉSG) invites you to share your commitment to Moisson Montréal on its Facebook page. For each commitment posted, the School of Management promises to supply a healthy snack to those less fortunate.
Whether it’s in the form of a cash donation, a gift of food or time, or simply spreading the word about food aid, we want to thank you for getting involved with the Island of Montreal’s largest food bank.
• Ask loved ones to bring non-perishable items to your next family get-together.
• Prepare your most delicious, great tasting dessert and request a contribution in exchange for a sample of your culinary talents.
• Just like Ardoise Design, give the gift of generosity by offering gift-donations to Moisson Montréal. Instead of the usual gift exchange, take the amount of money that would have been spent on the gift and help us help others.
• Wrap a box in Christmas cheer and put it at the center of the table, then invite guests to make a donation.
Every reason is a good reason to collect donations and non-perishable food items and make a real difference in the lives and dinner tables of more than 148,460 people. Put your creativity to the test and come up with a new and fun way to help Moisson Montréal.
Thank you to the Casino de Montréal
Almost 80 employees from the Casino de Montréal gave some of their own time September 29 to lend a hand to regulars of Moisson Montreal to sort foodstuffs. In addition to this gracious show of support, Casino de Montréal employees had a special surprise for Moisson Montréal employees and volunteers: Our people were served a delicious meal as a means to acknowledge their commitment.
Moisson Montréal was deeply touched by the contribution and generosity of Casino Montréal employees who gave of their time to ensure food security, and because our organization is always looking for volunteers, they were ready and willing to help us perform our daily duties. We want to acknowledge their contribution to the Island of Montreal’s biggest food bank and to the 213 community organizations it supplies every month.
Jocelyne Blouin Donates Part of her Fee from Rôtisseries St-Hubert Ads to Moisson Montréal
For her participation in promoting Rôtisseries St-Hubert, Jocelyne Blouin chose to donate half of her fee to the City’s largest food bank, Moisson Montréal.
The ads will run throughout the month of November. Thank you Mrs Blouin for encouraging and supporting Moisson Montréal as it pursues its mission with Montreal’s less fortunate.
Feed the Future Gets $5,000
Provigo, a member of Loblaw group, donated $5,000 to support the ‘Feed the Future’ project, this summer program lets some 800 disadvantaged children from 11 day camps to get a healthy lunch every day of the week. Thanks to this donation, the program can effectively continue its mission with kids in need.
$50,000 from the Fonds de Bienfaisance des employés de Bombardier Aéronautique
The Fonds de Bienfaisance des employés de Bombardier Aéronautique is contributing $50,000 over two years to the collective program to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables; the Good Food Box program. The generous donation will allow this innovative program, which focuses on developing healthy eating habits in underprivileged neighbourhoods, to adequately pursue its operations. In fact, the Good Food Box program received the Agnès-C. Higgins 2010 award, a distinction awarded yearly by Centraide for outstanding innovation on the part of an agency in meeting the social needs of the community.
A $9,000 Donation Devoted to Fair Markets
The Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal (CRÉ) donated $9,000 to support seasonal and fair market logistics. There are 108 seasonal and fair markets operating from June to October 2011, in areas deemed “food deserts” in Montreal, these markets provide people from underprivileged neighbourhoods with access to fresh, local and affordable food.
Casey’s to Feed the Soul
From September 12 to October 9, Casey’s restaurants will donate 1% from all its food sales to Quebec and Ontario food banks. One half of monies collected by a participating restaurant will go directly to the local community’s food bank while the other half will be donated to Banques alimentaires Québec and to the Ontario Association of Food Banks. For a list of participating restaurants in Quebec, click here.
You too can take part in the campaign via Casey’s Feed the Soul Facebook page. Simply click on “like” and $1 will be donated to Food Banks Canada, up to a total of $5,000. By supporting the Montreal (L’Acadie) branch you are helping Moisson Montréal make a difference in the Montreal community!
City of Montreal Donates $200,000
Within the framework of the 2011-2012 administrative agreement to fight poverty and social exclusion, the City of Montreal and the ministère de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale granted an amount of $200,000 to Moisson Montréal. The funds are devoted entirely to supporting our operations and optimizing our infrastructures. We extend our gratitude to the City of Montreal and to the ministère de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité social for its encouragement and support of the Island of Montreal’s largest food bank.
From left to right: Jocelyn Ann Campbell, responsable du développement social et communautaire, de la famille et des aînés, Ville de Montréal, Dany Michaud, directeur général, Moisson Montréal.
50 Cadets Lend a Hand to Moisson Montreal
Last August 11, a group of 50 cadets from the eastern region dropped by Moisson Montréal to lend a hand. They diligently sorted fruits, vegetables and non-perishable items and to the delight of Moisson Montréal employees and volunteers, the cadets put on a musical performance. Thank you for a productive and entertaining visit!
Innovative Community Project at the Montreal Botanical Garden
Since the beginning of summer, experts from the Botanical Garden have joined some thirty members of the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve community kitchen organization, supplied by Moisson Montréal, as part of a program titled Des jardins pour une cuisine collective [Gardens for a collective kitchen]. This innovative community gardening project was designed to introduce homegrown vegetables and herbs in the prepation of inexpensive meals for the whole family. Furthermore, this project also provides participants with gardening workshops as well as tips and tricks to get the most from their gardens.
This initiative on the part of the Botanical Garden is aimed at encouraging people to set up their own gardens and grow their own vegetables.
Valorisation Jeunesse: 11 students in the heart of the community
This summer, Moisson Montreal is happy to welcome 11 young people from the Valorisation Jeunesse Program who came to help out the organization.
In partnership with Ville de Montreal and the ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés culturelles (MICC), this program provides high school students a learning experience about the reality of the job market during the summer time.
For 2 months, they work in the warehouse shoting food, in the kitchen, on maintenance and helping with the Good Food Box program.
While they gaining valuable knowledge and experience, these young people help Moisson Montréal to carry out its daily operations in addition to making a difference in their community. Moisson Montréal sincerely thanks the Valorisation Jeunesse group for its involvement and wish them all great success on their professional path.
Seasonal markets in your neighborhood
From June to September, a dozen seasonal markets are held across the Island of Montreal. Those markets give people living in vulnerable areas access to fresh fruits and vegetables, nearby and at affordable price. Suppliers are mainly local farmers to reduce the environmental footprint of transportation. A simple and fun way to enjoy the best prices for fruits and vegetables while encouraging sustainable development.
For dates and locations of upcoming markets in your neighborhood, click here. (French version only)
Hope to see you there!
The symptoms of a deficient nutrition have serious consequences on physical, intellectual and social development of a person.
Each month, on the Island of Montreal only, nearly 150,000 people suffer from food insecurity.
Help Moisson Montréal to fill the Void.
RSM Richter and Osler Lend a Hand to Moisson Montréal
On June 2nd, a group of 75 employees from RSM Richter and the Osler law firm got together to lend a hand to Moisson Montreal and help with various tasks such as sorting, cleaning and painting. This volunteering initiative is part of the Giving Counts program started four years in which one full day is devoted to the community. And on this year’s Community Day more than 600 employees left their offices behind to volunteer at 23 community organizations in the Greater Montreal Area.
The Moisson Montréal team wishes to thank the people at RSM RICHTER and Osler for their generosity and support. For a complete list of non profit organizations that were helped, click here.
L’Œuvre Léger Donates $15,000
L’Œuvre Léger donated $15,000 to Moisson Montréal to help support the Good Food Box program (GFB). For the most part, this generous contribution is to be allocated to the remuneration of a resource person essential for the development of the GFB program; the program is central to a perspective of innovation and sustainability in terms of food insecurity. Moisson Montréal applauds the commitment of L’Œuvre Léger to support this organization for a second consecutive year and enable the food bank to go forward and provide assistance to those in need.
More than 3,000 kilos of Food Collected During the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie
The Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie held on June 18 and 19 raises the awareness of young people to the benefits of healthy and active living. This event gathered together some 5,000 youths at the Olympic Stadium and La Ronde to welcome Pierre Lavoie and the 925 cyclists who pedaled alongside him for over 1,000 km.
The organization generously donated all excess food to Moisson Montréal and this translated into more than 3,000 kilos of foodstuffs that included fruit, vegetables and dairy products collected for the purpose of redistribution to community organizations across the Island of Montreal. A great initiative that impacted the whole community!
A generous amount of $227, 631 dollars was raised at this annual event. Moisson Montreal gratefully acknowledges the Honorary Chairman of the event, M. Robert Sawyer, Executive Vice President and CEO of METRO inc., the organizing committee, the golf pro Gregg Cuthill, the Master of Ceremonies, Mario Belanger, Armando Betti, auctioneer, sponsors and all participants of the 9th rendez-vous for the cause of food insecurity on the Island of Montreal.
To view the pictures of the Golf Tournament, visit the Facebook page of Moisson Montréal.
A successful for the SAQ’s campaign Des vins généreux
13, 14 and May 15, Quebecers responded in large numbers at the invitation of the SAQ and visited a store to buy white wines, generous wines.
In Quebec, $ 340 000 were raised for Banques alimentaires Québec (BAQ), which supports and represents the food aid agencies of Quebec in addition to ensuring the national sharing of food. Thanks to the excellent participation of its customers and partners, the SAQ will provide over $ 100,640 to Moisson Montréal, a member of BAQ to contribute to food aid in Quebec.
A donation that help Moisson Montreal at this time of year when donations are harder to find. Remember that Moisson Montréal supply 213 community organizations on the Island of Montreal, which in turn, are helping more than 140,000 people in need each month. The SAQ’s donation allows the largest food bank to pursue its social mission more efficiently.
Catelli® delivers 197,400 servings of pasta to Moisson Montréal.
With Catelli®’s donation, no less than 197,400 servings of pasta are offered in the coming weeks to local families in Montreal who are in need.
In Quebec, Catelli® has donated 500,000 servings of pasta this year and since 2007, more that 2.3 million servings of pasta was distributed throughout Quebec for people who need to use a Food Banks. Thank you to Catelli® for his faithful commitment for the cause.
Éditions Infopresse Contribute $1, 870 to Moisson Montréal
Éditions Infopresse chose to set aside an amount of $10 for every ticket sold during its Marketing et développement durable conference in March and the Marketing et alimentation in April to be donated to Moisson Montréal. Overall, more than $1,870 was collected during these two Infopresse events! Thank you to all participants and to Éditions Infopresse for supporting the cause of food security!
Egg Farmers of Canada Donate $2,000
We send our thanks to the Egg Farmers of Canada for their $2,000 donation to Moisson Montréal as part of a “Get Cracking!” contest in partnership with “Maman pour la vie.” For every contest registration it received, an amount equal to the value of one egg was donated to Moisson Montréal. A winning opportunity for Moisson Montréal!
Gregg Cuthill To Play Moisson Montreal Annual Golf Tournament
On Monday June 6 as part of its 9th Annual Golf Classic, Moisson Montréal will be welcoming none other than Mr. Gregg Cuthill, an accomplished touring professional from the Beaconsfield Golf Club and winner of the 2010 Nissan Open. He will be challenging players attending the Club de Golf St-Raphaël in Île Bizard as part of the “Challenge the Pro” contest. Will you be up to the challenge?
Campbell Canada Launches "Nourish" campaign to fight against hunger.
Campbell Canada contributes to food security by launching the new product “Nourish” and by making a donation of 100,000 Nourish products to Food Banks Canada. Nourish is a complete canned meal with a 24 month conservation period which does not require the addition of water, making it an ideal product for food banks and emergency situations. This product reflects the Campbell's mission Canada to prepare the best food possible. The company hopes, through its example, to encourage other companies to find a way to relieve hunger.
Join Campbell Canada’s Facebook page to learn more about this new product.
H&R Block offers free tax preparation certificates for people in need!
The compagny H&R Block, which specializes in tax services, has generously offered 200 free income tax preparation certificates, worth $90 each. The certificates will be available for the beneficiaries of community organizations that Moisson Montéal supplies. Thanks to H&R Block for offering their services and expertise for tax returns to the people in need on the Island of Montreal!
Bell provides a security system to Moisson Montréal!
The Bell company has donated a security system to Moisson Montreal, including planning and installation, for a total value of $78,000. Indeed, the largest food bank will have a camera system and magnetic access cards allowing a higher level and a better security management for the organization that collects and redistributes 7.7 million kg of foodstuff annually. The 107,000 square feet building welcomes over 3,000 visitors, volunteers and employees each year, in addition to the distribution of food to the 213 community organizations and the 17 other Moisson of the province who come to Moisson Montréal for supplies!
Christmas Drive 2010: a value over $ 1 million!
Thank you all compagnies and individuals for your generous contribution to the Christmas Drive 2010. This year, 115 companies socially involved raised funds and non-perishable food in their organization for Moisson Montréal . This effort adds up to the generous donation received from Metro inc. and to the food drive during la grande guignolée des médias campaign and allowed Moisson Montreal to help more people in need during this difficult period of the year.
More than 15,400 Christmas baskets containing 25 items each were distributed to 113 community organizations supplied by Moisson Montreal and 32,200 Christmas meals were cooked. Thanks, namely, to the Marcelle and Jean Coutu Foundation for the very generous donation of turkeys that made all thoses meals possible.
For a consecutive year, Moisson Montreal had to open its doors during the Holidays to distribute the equivalent of 6,000 grocery bags to respond the high demand for food aid.
In addition, 15,589 kg of fruits and vegetable were supplied the Regroupement des Magasins-Partage de l’île de Montréal to fill the 193 Magasins-Partage de Noël.
METRO presents Moisson Montréal’s 9th Annual Golf Classic
Join METRO on June 6th for Moisson Montréal’s 9th Annual Golf Classic! The tournament will take place at Club de Golf St-Raphaël at l’ïle Bizarre under the honorary presidency Mr. Robert Sawyer, Executive Vice President and CEO METRO Inc.. For a second consecutive year, METRO Inc. sponsors this annual fundraising event for the cause of food security. Moisson Montréal wishes to acknowledge this precious commitment.
For more information, please visit Moisson Montréal ‘s website or contact Veronique Beaulac, Fundraising Coordinator at 514-344-4494.
Moisson Montreal : 5 trucks have been the target of theft and vandalism
On the morning of March 8, Moisson Montreal found theft and vandalism on their 5 trucks used to collect and distribute food for the people in need on the island of Montreal. Damages are estimated at several thousand dollars and include 14 truck batteries, 3 truck steps, 9 propane tanks for lifts trucks and other construction material. A huge loss that hurts Moisson Montreal!
Moisson Montreal trucks have a major role in the organization to supply 7.7 million kg of food that are distributed annually by the agency. Covering over 99,000 km each year, the trucks make an average of 200 pickups per month to help 140,697 people in need.
Thank you Walmart for a $25,000 Donation
Walmart is increasing involved with foodbanks across Canada. Now for the second consecutive year, the company has generously donated $25,000 to Moisson Montreal, a much needed major support for our massive operations. Walmart’s executive team for Eastern Canada met with Moisson Montreal in Pierrefonds during the team’s Christmas tour of Walmart stores throughout Quebec.
Did you know that 13% of households helped by Moisson Montréal are working families?
Paul never thought he’d need help. Unbeknownst to his friends or family and only when all other resources were exhausted, Paul decided to seek help from a food bank.
The “It Can Happen to Anyone” campaign continues. To read Paul’s story and help more than 140,000 people get the food assistance they need each month, click here.
Fun and Funds for Moisson Montréal!
We wish to extend our thanks to Action démocratique du Québec (ADQ) and to Montreal’s tech community for organizing events to benefit Moisson Montréal. The Action démocratique du Québec (ADQ) bowled for the cause and raised $510 for Moisson Montréal!
Montreal’s tech community held a “technoël” party attended by more than 200 industry specialists. Instead of the standard entrance fee, guests were asked to make a donation to Moisson Montréal, which translated into $1,765 for the organization. The event’s organizer, Mr Olivier Cabanes, is planning a 2011 version of the event and the objective is to exceed the 2010 results. Stay tuned!
Moisson Montréal encourages groups and individuals to plan events that benefit its organization. These events are a great way to have fun while helping the community! To view all of Moisson Montréal’s photos taken during its various events, we invite you to join our community via Facebook.
Moisson Montreal Gives Thanks for Media Support.
We want to take this opportunity to express our gratitude and appreciation to members of the media, to both our old and new supporters, for helping Moisson Montreal spread word, your participation makes a real difference. Thanks to media collaboration and the various platforms provided, Moisson Montreal is able to pursue its mission and most importantly, to raise the population’s awareness about the needs of the community and about Montreal’s food banks. However, we extend a special thanks for helping us improve food security across the island of Montreal.
Thank You Burovision for a Generous Gift of Comfort.
Thanks to Mr. Renzo Fraraccio, president of Burovision, our Moisson Montréal conference room is now equipped with twenty new office chairs. Volunteers and employees greatly appreciate this generous gift of comfortable seating!
We wish to express our sincere thanks to the Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec, TCA Québec-Conseil québécois, CRE-O-PACK, Bell, Canadian Pacific employees, Cargill and Bentall Kennedey for dropping off your generous donations to the Moisson Montréal drop-site. Every dollar donated lets Moisson Montreal collect and redistribute $13.20 worth of food. Thank you!
Generosity is the Main Course at Special Dinner for Volunteers and their Children
To stress the generosity and collaboration of its volunteers and employees, Moisson Montréal organized a special dinner and children’s Christmas party on Friday, December 3rd. Thanks to the participation of very thoughtful partners; we were able to start the Holiday season with smiles and good cheer. We wish to send out a very warm thank you to Ma Maison Saint-Joseph Petites Sœurs des Pauvres for the delicious traditional buffet, to Belvédère Group for the numerous gifts and to Chocolat Vadeboncoeur for the Advent Calendars given to all the children. Your contribution helps nourish the holiday spirit at Moisson Montréal.
2010 Hunger Count Montreal: 22% Rise in Demand
On November 16, both the media and community organizations gathered together at the Carrefour St-Eusèbe location, an organization providing meal services and social support to seniors, to illustrate the state of food assistance throughout the Island of Montreal during the presentation of the 2010 Hunger Count Montreal.
This year, a record number of 140,697 people required assistance each and every month from a food bank; this represents a 22% increase over last year or 25,230 more people than in 2009.
Among those helped, the number of children has jumped by 35% compared with 2009 and 13% of households assisted are low income working families. To read the highlights of the survey or to view complete results of this year’s Hunger Count Montreal, consult the following address: http://www.moissonmontreal.org/pdf/BilanFaim_2010.pdf
From left to right : Lynda Tremblay, Executive Director of the Carrefour St-Eusèbe, Zakary O. Rhissa, Director Community Liaison, Moisson Montréal and Danielle Blain, Director, Fundraising and Communications, Moisson Montréal.
Thank You to UQAM Employees and students for their Gracious Gift of Time!
Nearly forty employees and students from UQAM’s School of Management including Dean Ginette Legault, generously volunteered one half day of their time to Moisson Montréal. Together they sorted through some 3,600 kg of non-perishable foods resulting in 1,800 kg of redistributed food, which means 1,500 needy people will benefit from a meal.
We wish to thank UQAM students and employees for their gracious gift of time and especially for their social contribution. To view testimonials from UQAM volunteers, we invite you to click on the following link: http://tv.uqam.ca/Default.aspx?v=52923&p=0 .
Generous Contribution of $70,000 from Fondation Marcelle et Jean Coutu
The Fondation Marcelle et Jean Coutu graciously donated $70,000 to Moisson Montréal as part of the Christmas Food Drive; the funds will be used to buy Holiday turkeys. In 2009, thanks to Fondation Marcelle et Jean Coutu’s support and a donation in the form of turkeys from the Fédération des producteurs de volailles du Québec, Moisson Montréal purchased 3,500 turkeys and poultry complements, engouh to prepare 36,077 meals distributed throughout 165 community organizations as part of their Christmas festivities.
This year, the goal of the 2010 Christmas Campaign is to meet the Holiday needs of these organizations. Moisson Montréal would like to supply enough foodstuffs to prepare 40,000 Christmas meals in addition to 117,000 Christmas baskets, each containing 25 food items.
Thank you to Fondation Marcelle et Jean Coutu for their loyal and generous contributions that have helped nourish the Christmas spirit in all Montrealers!
New Look for Good Food Box Trucks!
As part of the Good Food Box program, Fondation Marcelle et Jean Coutu in collaboration with an anonymous benefactor graciously donated two delivery trucks, 14 and 18 feet respectively. These new acquisitions will not go unnoticed as they travel through the streets of Montreal!
Thanks to Création Pulsion,a company specializing in creative ads and designs for corporate transportation, for its creative talents and know-how in the makeover of our trucks with amazing trompe l’œil imagery.
The Good Food Box program is a buying collective that purchases prime quality fruits and vegetables. This project is a practical and innovative alternative to food banks. By encouraging local production, the Good Food Box program focuses on the development of sustainable solutions, often representing the first step in attaining self-sufficiency for people in need.
Bell Canada Entreprises Donates $60,000 to Upgrade Our IT System
Bell Canada Entreprises offered $60,000 to sponsor a portion of the cost of purchasing and installing a new communications system in Moisson Montréal’s offices and warehouse.
This upgrade, made possible by Bell Canada Entreprises, will provide better management tools that will help us continue the development of sustainable solutions to emergency food banks, to improve our programs of community assistance, integration and education, which promote the well-being, self-sufficiency and involvement of our community’s most disadvantaged population. Thank you!
Green Shield Canada Donates $18,841
New to Montreal, the Green Shield Canada insurance company made its very first donation to Moisson Montréal in the very generous amount of $18,841. This significant initiative is a perfect example of how this company is committed to social responsibility and to its community. We thank Green Shield for its contribution to food security and wish to welcome it to our table!
Left to right: Danielle Blain, Director, Fundraising and Communications for Moisson Montréal and Claudine Ouellette, Account Manager with Green Shield Canada.
80 Employees from Deloitte Donate One Day to Moisson Montréal
As part of the 2010 Impact Day, Deloitte employees volunteered one full day in support of a variety of local causes. In fact, on, 80 Deloitte employees spent the whole day of September 24 volunteering their time and energy to helping out in the Moisson Montréal warehouse! Whether they were sorting foodstuffs, painting or cleaning the warehouse, Deloitte volunteers joined forces for a common cause: Moisson Montréal. On behalf of all of us at Moisson Montréal, thank you for a great day!
New Service Provided by Regroupement d’achat pour les organismes communautaires
On August 17, Moisson Montreal was introduced to a new service offering as part of the Regroupement d’achat des organismes communautaires (RAOC). This service offering as negotiated by a working committee made up of the Regroupement des magasins partages, the Comité des organismes sociaux de Saint-Laurent, the Corbeille Bordeaux-Cartierville, the PEYO and the Fruiterie Saint-Pierre with Mayrand, a food wholesaler, will provide a sustainable alternative solution to emergency food provisions offered by community organizations throughout the Island of Montreal.
Moisson Montréal intends to pursue the development and implement a complete system of group purchasing to benefit groups and community organizations working to expand food security and self-sufficiency in Monreal.
Top left to right: Daniel Desputo, Coordinator with Fruiterie Saint-Pierre, Laurent Cugno, Food Security Coordinator with La Corbeille Bordeaux-Cartierville, Zakary 0.Rhissa, Director, Community Liaison and BBBB with Moisson Montréal
Left to right : Guylaine Hébert, General Manager, Organisation des Jeunes de Parc-Extension, Sylvie Rochette, General Manager and Co-founder of Regroupement des Magasins-Partage de l’île de Montréal, Rachel Boisjoly, Assistant General Manager at Mayrand, Julie Morency, Sales Manager with Mayrand, Chantal Boies, Project Officer for the Comité des Organismes Sociaux de Saint-Laurent
$30,000 from the EJLB Foundation
The EJLB Foundation has committed an amount of $30,000 to be paid over a two year period to Moisson Montréal. Thanks to this donation, Moisson Montréal will be able to redistribute approximately $465,000 worth of foodstuffs. Thank you EJLB Foundation for supporting Moisson Montréal in its endeavours with Montreal’s less fortunate.
$200,000 from Municipal and Provincial Governments
Moisson Montréal has received an amount of $200,000 for 2010 as part of the Act to combat poverty and social exclusion. Thanks to this financing Ville de Montréal and the Ministère de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité will enable Moisson Montréal to continue supporting its initiatives from its Development and supplies Departments to maintain and develop monetary and food contributions.
A Hole in One for Moisson Montréal!
The 7thAnnual Cargill Golf Tournament was held last August 26 at the Club de golf Islesmere golf course in Laval. And for the second consecutive year, the company decided to include various fundraising activities to benefit Moisson Montréal.
Thanks to this event and the generosity of its participants, Moisson Montréal received the sum of $2,900. Cargill and its subsidiary Horizon Milling will add to this donation for a total contribution of $8,700. We want to thank Cargill and all of the golf tournament participants for supporting Moisson Montréal, and a special thank you to its organizers, Guy Bédard,National Sales Manager for Horizon Milling, a division of Cargill Ltée and Louis Ayotte, Account Manager with Cargill Corn Milling.
Moisson Montréal wishes to call attention to Cargill’s generosity and loyalty, which represents a business model that is the embodiement of social accountability. Thank you for contributing to our wideranging food support chain.
From left to right : Véronique Beaulac, coordonnatrice des événements, Moisson Montréal, Guy Bédard, directeur national des ventes de Horizon Milling,une division de Cargill Ltée, Danielle Blain, directrice du financement et des communications, Moisson Montréal et Louis Ayotte, directeur de compte chez Corn Milling, une division de Cargill ltée.
Fondation Jacques Francœur Donates $50,000
Thanks to Fondation Jacques Francœur’s generous financial contribution of $50,000, Moisson Montréal will be able to finance its acquisition of narrow aisle lift trucks required to maximize our work in the warehouse.
Following renovations to the building, Moisson Montréal will need several narrow aisle lift trucks to process its 9.6 million kg of foodstuffs it receives each year. We are thankful to Fondation Jacques Francœur for helping us improve our operations.
Loblaw’s Issues a Cheque for $8,014
The Canada-wide food drive and fundraising campaign called “Juste un peu plus, ça aide” (Just a little bit more helps) in collaboration with Banques alimentaires Québec, Food Banks Canada and Loblaw Companies Limited donated $8,014 to Moisson Montréal; this amount will be used to buy foodstuffs. The March 18 to April 9, 2010 spring food drive and fundraiser was held in all corporate and franchised Loblaw stores and collected more than 272,000 kg of foodstuffs and a total amount of $385,000 throughout the country. Thank you to Loblaw Companies Limited for its generous contribution to food security.
Moisson Montréal Welcomes 21 Students
This summer and for the second year in a row, Moisson Montréal was fortunate to have the help of some twenty students participating the provincial program: Valorisation Jeunesse – Place à la relève. This program, principally financed by the ministry of Immigration et des Communautés culturelles, gave 21 students, most of whom were cultural minorities and on the verge of graduating from high school, the opportunity to enjoy a challenging and instructive summer job and benefit from a structure that will develop their skill set and experience.
The students were first greeted with a day of orientation and information, training and observation sessions based on their personal interests and attended a lunch-seminar hosted by professionals from various fields of employment.
All of our personnel greatly appreciated the students’ dynamism, versatility, high spirits and efficiency. Their presence and motivation was proof positive that we can believe in the talent and involvement of our youth and believe in the future of our society. We wish to thank them for helping us with our ongoing mission here at Moisson Montréal: to ensure food security for all of Montreal’s population.
8th Annual Golf Classic: $190,000 Times Thank You
The 8th Annual Moisson Montréal Golf Classic was held June 7 at the prestigious St-Raphaël Golf Club. And under the honorary presidency of Mr Robert Sawyer, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Metro inc, nearly 300 golf enthusiasts answered the call and contributed to the cause and helped the largest food bank in Canada. Clodine Desrochers, the organization’s spokesperson, was on site to support and encourage golfers throughout the day and hosted the evening’s event. Thanks to the support of several sponsors and partners such as Metro, Ogilvy Renault, la Société générale de financement du Québec, the National Bank, La Coop Fédérée, Phoenicia Products, le Groupe Savoie as well as Samson Bélair/Deloitte & Touche, Moisson Montréal collected $190,000.
Moisson Montréal wishes to thank the organizing committee, the team of volunteers – Bell Canada retirees, the professional auctioneer, Mr Armando Betti, and all of the partners who made this day a resounding success.
From left to right : Jim DiMenna de JD Marketing, Clodine Desrochers, marraine de Moisson Montréal, Robert Sawyer, président d’honneur de l’événement et vice-président exécutif et chef de l’exploitation de Metro inc., Christian Bourbonnière, coprésident d’honneur de l’événement et vice-président principal – Québec de Metro inc. ainsi que Alain Routhier de Courchesne Larose.
From left to right : France Joyal, présidente du comité et directrice – Suivis des investissements de la Société générale de financement, Christian Bourbonnière, coprésident d’honneur de l’événement et vice-président principal – Québec de Metro inc., Johanne Théroux, directrice générale de Moisson Montréal, Clodine Desrochers, marraine de Moisson Montréal, Christian Lamarre, président du CA de Moisson Montréal, coprésident du comité et vice-président – conseiller en placements de la Financière Banque Nationale ainsi que Robert Sawyer, président d’honneur de l’événement et vice-président exécutif et chef de l’exploitation de Metro inc.
Fondation Marcelle et Jean Coutu Donate $125,000
It is with deep gratitude that we accept a generous donation in the amount of $125,000 from the Fondation Marcelle et Jean Coutu, a loyal and vital partner of Moisson Montréal in its pursuit of its mission.
Major partners such as Fondation Marcelle et Jean Coutu understand the reality of people who regularly experience and live with hunger and poverty. Thanks to their commitment, Moisson Montréal has become one of the key players in the battle for greater food security for at-risk populations living on the island of Montreal by ensuring emergency food services and fostering the development of sustainable solutions to poverty related issues.
The generous contribution provided by the Fondation Marcelle et Jean Coutu will be devoted to supporting regular operations, the Good Food Box program and will contribute to the purchase of two refrigerated truck.
Thank you to all Telus employees and their families
Saturday, May 29, Telus employees gave up their personal time to lend a hand to the Moisson Montréal team. It was early in the morning when young and not-so-young gathered together to join forces and voluntarily give of their time and effort to contribute to improving food security for thousands of Montrealers currently in need. On behalf of everyone on the Moisson Montréal team, we wish to thank the fifty or so volunteers who stood beside us and helped sort foodstuffs with enthusiasm, thus creating a general atmosphere of cheerfulness and generosity. We thank them for adopting the values that are so dear to us at Moisson Montréal: mutual help, fairness, commitment, integrity and respect.
Catelli helps Banques alimentaires Québec through a "Virtual Spaghetti Supper"
To mark Hunger Awareness Day, taking place across Canada on June 1., Catelli launched the first edition of the “Virtual Spaghetti Supper”. Catelli invited all Quebec families to have a spaghetti super and share their pictures of the event online. Each pasta box purchased for the occasion will help a family in need. The goal of Hunger Awareness Day is to aid food banks and their users. The chief aim of this initiative was to raise Canadians’ awareness about hunger problems in their own country. Grocery store chains such as Métro, Super C and IGA partnered with Banques alimentaires Québec for the event.
Proceeds from the “Virtual Spaghetti Supper” will be added to the 2010 annual campaign donations doled out to Quebec families struggling with poverty. This program was created in 2007 by Catelli. For a fourth year in a row, Catelli’s commitment was very significant, working out to a 500,000-portion donation this year.
The “Virtual Spaghetti Supper” is part of the Nourrir l'espoir campaign that includes weekly draws. From May 6 to June 2, 2010, customers of participating grocery stores can enter themselves in a contest featuring a prize of a $250 grocery store gift voucher. Local food banks were given the same amount.
In this photo: Alain Gagnon, Catelli; Johanne Théroux, Moisson Montréal ; and Richard Décarie, Banques alimentaires Québec.
Sodexo partners with Moisson Montréal to help disadvantaged kids
For a 10th consecutive year, Sodexo, in partnership with Moisson Montréal, will offer lunches to more than 700 underprivileged young Montrealers ages 4 to12.
Through the Alimenter le futur program, the company will offer free lunches for an 8-week period to several summer camps managed by community organizations supplied year-round by Moisson Montréal.
Isabelle Huot, a well-known dietitian, volunteers to create healthy menus for over 30,000 meals prepared free of charge by Sodexo employees and Moisson Montréal every day.
Thanks to foodstuff contributions from food industry partners, Sodexo has offered 200,000 lunches since the program began in 2000.
par Ginette Poulin
Hôtels Restaurants & Institutions Revue web
Seven marathons in seven days to raise funds for Banques alimentaires Québec
In an idle period for food aid, the president of Fondation Nourrir l’espoir, Jean-François Denis, collected almost $20,000 for Banques alimentaires Québec by running seven marathons in one week! The initiator of the first edition of Courons pour nourrir l’espoir completed his itinerary in Montreal on April 29, after running nearly 280 kilometres between Montreal from Québec City. All the donations he collected will help Banques alimentaires Québec stock their shelves this spring. Despite an injury, Mr Denis strapped on his running shoes everyvday, thinking of the underprivileged individuals who rely on the help of food banks each year. “I hope more people will join me next year next!” he exclaims. (Journal de Montréal, 2010-05-01 adaptation).
1 870 000 pasta portions
Thanks to Catelli, over 500 000 pasta portions have been offered, this spring, to thousands of families all over Québec. The partnership with Québec Food Banks totals 1 870 000 portions since 2007.
During the remittance : Alain Gagnon, Catelli, Johanne Théroux, Moisson Montréal and Richard Décarie, Québec Food Banks.
Cargill Golf Tournament to Benefit Moisson Montréal: an example to follow
For the second year in a row, Cargill Ltd will be hosting its second annual Golf Tournament to benefit Moisson Montréal on August 26. Last year, the event raised $3,502. Moisson Montréal appreciates and respects any private enterprise willing to organize a fundraising event to support the causes it holds dear and thus make a difference in its respective communitity.
GE Capital: The True Art of Giving!
GE Capital recently participated in a Can Do contest that took place at its numerous offices across North America. This activity consisted of building a sculpture out of non-perishable goods, along the themes of health, environment or a choice of local, regional or national topic. As you can see, the employees at GE Capital's head office in Montreal chose to re-create the Vancouver 2010 Olympics totem pole logo with foodstuff they donated to Moisson Montreal. GE Capital invites other companies to follow their initiative by putting their creativity to the benefit of food banks.
GE Capital’s team in Montreal.
From left to right - Jamal Kemal, François Boudreau, Phil Choe, Rasmi Sareen, Sophie Brosseau, Johanne Théroux (Executive Director - Moisson Montréal), Guy Gauthier and Elina Khulnavong - Absent: Dina Assalone, Miriane Meloche and Aleksandar Aleksiev.
Moisson Montréal Can Count on CAW Generosity
CAW-QUÉBEC strongly supports community groups in defending women, First Nations people, immigrants, and those in need, both here and internationally. Despite harsh economic conditions, the largest private sector union in the country generously donated $5,000 to Moisson Montréal. The national auto, aerospace, transport and other workers union in Canada represents some 225,000 men and women, 20,000 of whom work in Québec, CAW members work in aerospace, mining, fishing, auto and specialty vehicle assembly, auto parts, hotels, airlines, rail, education, hospitality, retail, road transportation, health care, manufacturing, shipbuilding and other sectors of the economy.
Sylvain Martin handed a $5,000 cheque to Johanne Théroux, Executive Director of Moisson Montréal, to help and support the most disadvantaged among us.
Meet the Groups of Volunteers who Give a Helping Hand Each and Every Day
Groups from all sectors of activities give freely of their time to Moisson Montreal to help us reach a common goal: to make sure foodstuffs are adequately processed and distributed to the 211 organizations we serve all year long.
The following is a list of organizations, in alphabetical order, of schools and businesses who lent us a helping hand over the past year.
| Groupe santé Medisys
L’Antheus imagerie médicale
Maison de l’escale
Mission catholique Espagnole
Montreal City West Baptist Church
Myriam de la miséricorde
Palais des congrès de Montréal
Price Wather House Cooper
Professional Convention Management Association
Sac à dos
Saint-Jacques ValléeYoung et Rubican
Union United Church
Weast coast connection
West Island College
Clodine Desrochers to Attend Moisson Montréal’s 8th Annual Golf Classic
La 8e Classique de golf de Moisson Montréal, organisée sous la présidence d’honneur de M. Robert Sawyer, vice-président exécutif et chef de l’exploitation de Metro inc., aura lieu le lundi 7 juin 2010 au Club de golf Saint-Raphaël situé à l’Île-Bizard.
Plus de 270 joueurs issus de la communauté d’affaires de Montréal se partageront les deux terrains du prestigieux club de golf afin d’amasser des fonds pour l’organisme. La journée se terminera par une soirée gastronomique qui sera animée par la marraine de Moisson Montréal, Clodine Desrochers. C’est une heureuse façon de prendre « par » à la grande table de l’entraide et du partage !
To play in this tournament or to become a sponsor, please contact:
514 344-4494, poste 237
The following French documents describe this fundraising event, its sponsorship program as well as a registration form.
Guy Lafleur, former NHL player with the Montreal Canadiens and owner of Restaurant Bleu Blanc Rouge, will be taking part in the 2010 VIP Fishing event hosted by Moisson Montréal. This fishing event will take place May 27 to 30, at Némiskau, a private outfitter located in Haute Mauricie, in La Tuque.
Montreal’s business community is invited to participate in the great weekend of activities organized under the honorary presidency of Jocelyn Hogue, Vice President and General Manger of Toitures Hogue inc. Some 50 fishermen and fisherwomen will be sharing Lac Quebec and Lac Pal seeking to hook the biggest catch of the region. Gourmet dinners, entertainment, contests, impressive gifts and outdoor lunch await participants throughout the event. You may be a fervent trout fisherman or fisherwoman who enjoys the great outdoors or you may simply be interested in discovering what makes fishing fun, either way, you’re invited to join us for a weekend event that combines fishing and fundraising!
To take part in this unique event, please contact:
514 344-4494, ext. 237
Thanks to you: a Holiday fund-raising campaign worth $850 000!
The 2009 Holiday campaign was almost a failure! Thanks to the support of the media and the hard work of the supply team, the extraordinary last-ditch efforts at fund-raising enabled us to meet the demand.
Results: 15 691 baskets, 36 077 meals, fresh fruit and vegetables for the Magasins Partage and emergency assistance for 4 days during the Holidays for the first time this year. The total value of the campaign was more than $850 000 thanks to all of you who believe in the cause of food security for the residents of the island of Montreal and their children.
$65 000 from L’Œuvre Léger right after the Holidays
It is with pleasure that Moisson Montreal counts L’Œuvre Léger among its donors. Among other causes it supports, L’Œuvre Léger in Quebec contributes to the fight against hunger and poverty by encouraging the autonomy of those in need. This year, L’Œuvre Léger supports Moisson Montreal's mission by allocating $25 000 to the Good Food Box program and $40 000 towards buying foodstuffs for food agencies in the Montreal area. Sensitive to the reality of those most vulnerable following the Holidays, L’Œuvre Léger responds to the ongoing needs of 115 000 people who require food assistance every month in Montreal.
From left to right, Mrs. Marcelle Gravel, L’Œuvre Léger employee, Mr. Stéphane Febbrari, Program Manager for Quebec at L’Œuvre Léger, Mrs. Johanne Théroux, General Director at Moisson Montreal, Mrs. Suzanne de Grandpré, member of the granting committee at L’Œuvre Léger, Mrs Louise Diotte, L’Œuvre Léger employee and Mr. Zakary Rhissa, Director of Agency Relations at Moisson Montréal.
The J. Armand Bombardier Foundation contributes to achieving social responsibility on behalf of the Bombardier Company, which gives the Foundation a percentage of its profits. Throughout its history, the Foundation donated more than $93 million in order to participate in the well-being of the communities around it. Partner to Moisson Montreal since 1985, the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation supported in 2009 the operations of the food bank by means of a very generous donation of $150 000.
From left to right, Mrs. Johanne Théroux, General Director at Moisson Montréal is accompanied by Mrs. Lyne Lavoie, General Director at J. Armand Bombardier Foundation.
IGA-Sobeys merchants got involved
$7700 worth of foodstuffs.
IGA-Sobey’s merchants answered our call by donating $4200 worth of foodstuffs along with purchase coupons worth $3500 for Moisson Montreal’s Christmas Campaign.
In the usual order: Noël Morin, assistant director of Marché alimentation Thibeault, Claude Maynard, supply manager for Moisson Montréal, Ferdinand Minga, supply director for Moisson Montréal and Michel Hamel, director of Marché d’alimentation IGA Thibeault.
A fully-loaded van from Kruger
A 53-foot long surprise!
Mr. Alain Mac Donald, Superintendent of Logistics at Kruger Products LTD, himself, delivered a 53-foot trailer full of household paper products such as toilet paper, tissues, paper towels and napkins. Just three days before Christmas, this donation to 18 food banks in Québec was welcomed by Johanne Théroux, Executive Director of Moisson Montreal.
There are no small donations, just a large chain of solidarity; this is what the Montreal employees of Canadian Pacific proved once again this year by giving Moisson Montreal a check for $4645 for its Holiday drive. For the past five years, this annual initiative by CP employees represents more than $20 000 which were given to our food bank.
In the usual order: Guy Meunier, CP employee in Mechanical Services, Ferdinand Minga, Director of Supply at Moisson Montreal, Denis Larue, CP Health and Safety Coordinator, Johanne Théroux, Executive Director of Moisson Montreal, Robert Gratton and Christopher Goedike, CP employees in Mechanical Services.
"Grande Guignolée des Medias" and the Christmas Bee
Montrealers donated $380 442 and 2 350 grocery bags.
Through the multiple voices and faces of the media, the "Grande Guignolée" gives voice and face to three organizations which support more than a half-million people living in poverty in Montreal. Through the years, this event has become the cornerstone of our Christmas campaign and is perfect example of the solidarity that is necessary every day at Moisson Montreal to achieve our mission. The "Grande Guignolée" and the following Christmas Bee allow people to participate in the great chain of sharing and bring people closer together around the table. We extend our sincere thanks to the partners, collaborators, spokespersons, volunteers and donors who participated in these events. A final, detailed report of the "Grande Guignolée" will be communicated during the month of February.
Participants of the Christmas Bee, from left to right, Alan de Sousa, Vice-President of the City of Montreal Executive Committee and Mayor of the St-Laurent borough, the Honourable Stéphane Dion, federal Member of Parliament for St-Laurent-Cartierville, Christian Lamarre, President of the Board of Directors at Moisson Montreal, Guy Lafleur, Clodine Desrochers, Johanne Théroux, Executive Director at Moisson Montreal and Sylvie Forget, political attaché to Jacques Dupuis, Member of Parliament for St-Laurent and Minister of Public Security.
Fundraiser and party on rails
The CP Holiday Train collected $2 657 and 112 grocery bags on the island of Montreal.
Close to 1 800 people participated in the magical celebrations of the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train which stopped at the Old Port of Montreal and the Beaconsfield station last November 28th and 29th. The train, adorned with lights, converted into a stage presenting musical performances while hot chocolate was served. Food and money donations were collected for Moisson Montreal. Thanks to the CP, the Holiday Train helped collect four million dollars and 900 000 kilograms of food for local food banks in the last ten years. Thanks to everyone and see you next year!
wo weeks before Christmas, the provincial and municipal governments answered our plea for help and announced emergency donations to food assistance organizations. Hence, last December 13th, Québec gave $250 000 in assistance to food banks in the province. This donation came from discretionary funds of all provincial ministers, through the initiative of Lise Thériault, Minister for Social Services. Of this amount, $87 500 will be given to Moisson Montreal. For its part, on December 14th, the City of Montreal planned to submit a proclamation aimed at granting $500 000 in assistance to seven community agencies working for food security. These funds were taken from the Emergency Fund for the fight against poverty and social exclusion. Moisson Montreal should receive a share in the amount of $200 000. These donations could not have arrived at a better time and promote discussion to address the chronic under-funding of the largest food bank in the country.
Clodine Desrochers becomes Moisson Montreal's godmother
Television host Clodine Desrochers became Moisson Montreal's godmother after the call for solidarity sent out by the organization on November 12th when the results of the 2009 Hunger Count were made public. "I consider myself to be a privileged person." states Mrs. Desrochers. "I enjoy the privilege, as most of us do, of having a table full of food throughout the year and particularly so during the Holiday season. Knowing that thousands of people and thousands of children go hungry in Montreal saddens and worries me enormously. I invite everyone to give to Moisson Montreal because now, more than ever, food banks need our help." Mrs. Desrochers participated in the Holiday Sorting and will take part in different Moisson Montreal events throughout the year. Welcome to our table!
Hunger Count 2009, when urgency become permanency
Last November 12th, Moisson Montreal received the media at "Information Alimentaire Populaire Centre-Sud", one of the 211 regular organizations that it serves, in order to present the results of Hunger Count 2009. This report, compiled every year by Food Banks Canada, paints the picture of poverty and the use of food banks in the country.
The statistics show that the number of Montrealers who needed food assistance was on the rise in 2009. An alarming fact is that permanent recourse (three or four times per month) to emergency food assistance increased by 32% and the proportion of recipients with insufficient employment revenue has literally exploded by 78% compared to last year.
Among the groups who were the most affected in 2009, one notes that double the number of the elderly use food banks and that children represent a third of the people served. The proportion of children whose nutrition depends directly on food assistance in Montreal increased by almost 10% this year.
http://www.moissonmontreal.org/pdf/bilanfaim2009.pdf (*French version only)
$5000 and 1000 kg on the right TRAC!
The Montreal "Table régionale d’action et de concertation" (TRAC), affiliated with the "Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec" chose Moisson Montreal as its first social and community action with the goal, most notably, of fighting for a greater social justice and ensuring respect of the rights of the underprivileged and of women in our community. TRAC –Montreal organized a large-scale fund-raiser and food drive among its 18 000 members in more than 170 establishments under the theme of "Give in abundance!". A cheque for $5000 was given to Moisson Montreal as well as more than 1000 kg of foodstuffs. Thank you to the nurses, auxiliary nurses, respiratory therapists, perfusionists, child care workers and babysitters for their generous participation!
Moisson Montreal needs donations to make 15 000 Holiday baskets.
Moisson Montreal is currently conducting its Holiday campaign. We must respond to the food needs of community agencies to make 15 000 Holiday baskets and 30 000 Holiday meals. This year, unfortunately, food donations to Moisson Montreal have decreased by 21% despite an increase in demand. Considering the current economic difficulties, hunger remains a very real problem and food banks need our help more than ever.
This year, we are sending out a call to everyone. Suppliers, groups of colleagues, family and friends: we are calling upon you all to aid Moisson Montreal by organizing a non-perishable food drive or by taking up a collection of money to buy food. The following 25 items are necessary to make the Holiday baskets :
4. Classic breakfast cereal
5. Breakfast cereal for kids
6. Canned fruit
8. Powdered milk
9. Evaporated milk
10. Peanut butter
11. Baby food
12. Canned legumes
13. Canned vegetables
14. Various soups
15. Pasta sauces with and without meat
16. Various vegetable soups
17. Canned sardines
18. Canned tuna
19. Canned corned beef
20. Canned meat pâtés
21. Canned ham and chicken
22. Various cookies
23. Fruit juices
24. Vegetable juices
25. Various jams and jellies
You want to help Moisson Montreal and participate in the Holiday food drive?
Simply complete the attached form and send it back to us for help with your efforts. In the name of the 115 000 Montrealers who will benefit from your generous support: Thank you!
Montreal: a 32 % increase in the use of food bank programs as a permanent solution
Montreal, November 12th 2009 — For more than 18 300 Montrealers, the need to turn to community organisations for emergency food supplies is becoming a permanent solution. According to the Hunger Count 2009 Report unveiled by Moisson Montreal today, this represents a 32 % increase in visits to food counters compared to last year. Johanne Théroux, Executive Director of Canada’s largest food bank, has painted an alarming portrait of poverty in Montreal in a context where food product donations upon which the organisation is dependent are on the decline. Among those most greatly affected are the elderly, children and single-income workers. For many Montrealers, depending on community support to fill kitchen cupboards is no longer an emergency measure, but a permanent one.
Hunger Count 2009 (*French version only)
Invitation to the Non-Dinner!
The Holiday season is fast approaching! For many, this time is one of joy and celebration. However, for numerous families, this time is one of extra burdens. Thankfully, there are organizations that play an important part in easing these burdens; Moisson Montreal for example.
In order to help us realize our mission, it is with pleasure that we invite you to participate in the 2009 Non-Dinner. The Non-Dinner is a symbolic Holiday meal. Without even leaving the comfort of your home and without the needless expenses a benefit dinner would entail, you can help Moisson Montreal better respond to the food needs of a large number of underprivileged people in the metropolitan area. By accepting our invitation, you are contributing to the grand chain of food support for which Moisson Montreal is an indispensable link. By participating in Moisson Montreal's Non-Dinner, you will nourish more than the Holiday spirit... Spread the invitation to all your family and friends!
To participate, please call 514 344-4494 or visit our Web site www.moissonmontreal.org/non-dinner.html
Deloitte created "Quite an Impact"at Moisson Montreal
On September 26th, close to 120 volunteer employees of Deloitte and members of their families chose to donate their time to Moisson Montreal for Impact Day 2009. Each year, personnel from every Deloitte office in Canada devote one day to volunteering to help contribute to the well-being of the communities that they live in and serve.
Of these, more than 70 volunteers picked apples for Moisson Montreal.
At the same time, 50 other volunteers participated in `the processing operations of the foodstuffs in our warehouse.
The results were more than satisfactory. The volunteers from Deloitte had quite an Impact on our organization and the entire Moisson Montreal team comes together in thanking them all.
2009 "Grande guignolée des médias" Holiday Food Drive
Once again this year, Moisson Montreal will be one of the organizations benefiting from the Grande guignolée des médias which will be held on Thursday December 10th. This event raises awareness in the general population that sharing is a fundamental value in our community.
The volunteer-friends will be waiting for your numerous donations throughout the day, donations which will be shared equally among Moisson Montreal, Sun Youth and the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. This year is a difficult one due to economic conditions. These conditions, which have destabilized quite a few people and families, have made the requests for help particularly numerous. We are counting on your generosity.
Following that, on December 12th, will be held the day for sorting all the foodstuffs collected during the Grande Guignolée in Moisson Montreal's warehouse.
For a list of drop-off points, please consult the Grande Guignolée official Web site : www.lagrandeguignoleedesmedias.com
N.B. : the drop-off points will be announced on November 30th.
Advisory: frauders target Moisson Montreal
Moisson Montreal is the target of frauders operating in the Rosemont-Petite-Patrie borough of Montreal. At least one individual going door-to-door to potential donors seems to be conducting unauthorized and fraudulent solicitation activities. Montrealers are advised that Moisson Montreal does not conduct door-to-door fundraising drives and that no individual or organisation has been mandated to conduct a program of this nature on its behalf. We are publishing this advisory in order to sensitize our donors and the public and in the hopes of sparing them this fraud.
If you believe you have been contacted by a person with fraudulent intent and that this person claims to represent Moisson Montreal, we would invite you to contact us. You may also contact neighbourhood police.
Please visit http://www.moissonmontreal.org/en/october2009.html for further details.
Cargill Golf Tournament for Moisson Montreal
Last August 27th, the Cargill company organized it's golf tournament at the Islesmeres Golf Club in Laval, whose profits went to Moisson Montreal. It was a great opportunity to meet some partners already associate with Moisson Montreal, and to let them know our recognition.
The entire Moisson Montreal team comes together in thanking Mr. Guy Bédard and Mr. Louis Ayotte from Cargill for their initiative. These men approached Moisson Montreal in order to raise awareness among their employees concerning the services offered by Moisson Montreal to those in need. The event raised $3500.
Our most sincere thanks to all for your participation!
Donate Your Time campaign results
In June, Moisson Montreal relaunched the Donate Your Time campaign, with the objective of raising 5000 volunteer hours, over and above the regular hours needed, to respond to the needs of the summer season. Moisson Montreal called upon companies, families and different groups. The bold objective was almost attained, with more than 4475 complementary volunteer hours raised; a satisfying result considering these were hours raised in addition to the hours already accounted for. Moisson Montreal thanks each and every person who donated their time this summer in order to help us fulfil our mission. We know your time is very precious and we truly appreciate your contribution. Talk to your friends and family; see you next year!
The Give in Abundance collection: a wonderful initiative!
Next October 18th to 31st, a huge collection of foodstuffs and money has been organized by the "Table régionale d’action et concertation de Montréal" (Regional Community Action and Consultation Council – Montreal) (TRAC-Montreal). Everything has been planned in collaboration with the "La Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec" (Quebec Federation of Interprofessional Health Workers) (FIQ). Boxes and coin banks have been sent to hospitals, CLSCs, CHSLDs, Youth Protective Service centres, private establishments under agreement and rehabilitation centres. All benefits from this collection will be given to Moisson Montreal and will serve in producing food baskets which will be distributed to families in need on the island of Montreal during the 2009 Holiday period.
TRAC-Montreal has chosen Moisson Montreal to begin its first social and community action with the goal of fighting for greater social justice and ensuring that the rights of the impoverished in our community as well as women's rights are respected. TRAC-Montreal represents more than 18 000 member nurses, nursing assistants, respiratory therapists and perfusionists working in more than 170 different establishments on the island of Montreal.
Moisson Montreal thanks them all for this initiative which will benefit numerous families.
Happy children throughout the summer
It's back-to-school and summer camps are over for this year. Hence, the ninth edition of the Feed the Future project came to a close last August 21st. Sodexo, in collaboration with Moisson Montreal, distributed 30 000 lunchs to children aged 4 to 12 years who participated in summer camps. The agencies served by Moisson Montreal who organized a camp were given free lunchs throughout the entire summer. In addition, these children from underprivileged areas participated in workshops concerning the basics of healthy nutrition given by the spokesperson for Feed the Future, Isabelle Huot, a nutritionist. Feed the Future was, again this year, a resounding success!
Centraide, an essential partner for Moisson Montreal's success
For 20 years now, Moisson Montreal has been privileged to receive assistance from Centraide. Without this immeasurable and essential help, Moisson Montreal would not have such the well-established and efficient mutual assistance network that it now does. In 2009-2010, 42.9 million dollars were allocated by Centraide to 359 organizations and community projects in order to fight against poverty and exclusion in the Greater Montreal area. These agencies aid and comfort more than 500 000 vulnerable people every day on the island of Montreal, in Laval and on the South Shore. On top of providing recurring support to Moisson Montreal, Centraide also chooses to support the Good Food Box program as part of its food security component. In 2009-2010, its investment amounts to $97 000 for this project alone. Through this commitment, Centraide and Moisson Montreal aim at improving food security in the Greater Montreal area, where 400 000 people go hungry. Thank you Centraide for your support!
For more information about Centraide, please visit www.centraide-mtl.org
The City of Montreal, in association with the "Ministère de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité Sociale", recently approved the allocation of emergency funds to Moisson Montreal. They launched a project aimed at social development and the fight against poverty and social exclusion for 2009-2011. Moisson Montreal's mission is to fight against the problems relating to poverty, social exclusion and vulnerable situations on behalf of individuals and families. Moisson Montreal also promotes quality of life and protection of the urban environment; it is therefore the ideal beneficiairy. Furthermore, considering the current economic context, the requests for assistance are ever-growing. It is, therefore, a helping hand at just the right time!
Kraft Hunger Challenge
For the past few years, Kraft Canada has launched the Kraft Hunger Challenge in order to help families in need. Last June, the company challenged agrifood businesses. For each donation to local food banks, Moisson Montreal among them, Kraft Canada doubled the donated amount. This campaign will allow food banks across Canada to increase their food purchases. In Montreal, 113 000 people (36 000 of them children) will be able to take advantage of this generosity. Thanks to this endeavour, Moisson Montreal has received more than 2000 dollars this year. The entire team wishes to thank Kraft Canada for this wonderful initiative, upon which we can count, year after year!
A lasting partnership which does a lot of good!
For the past few years, "Banques alimentaires Québec" (Food Banks of Quebec) were able to come to an agreement with the "Fédération des producteurs laitiers du Québec". In fact, the "Fédération" offers raw milk to food banks which several milk transformers, like Agropur (Natrel), Parmalat and Saputo transform free of charge. Therefore, food banks, Moisson Montreal among them, benefit from this great opportunity and receive milk, butter, yoghurt and cheese. Thanks to this donation, Moisson Montreal receives more than 120 000 litres of milk and more than 9 thousand kilograms of cheese from Saputo every year. Since these products are difficult to obtain, this agreement is most welcome. For this reason, the Moisson Montreal team wishes, once again, to draw attention to this gracious donation in order to thank all the donors.
Moisson Montreal wishes to thank Loblaw and member stores (Provigo, Maxi and Maxi et compagnie) for it's Give a little, help a lot campaign. Twice a year, at Christmas and Easter, Loblaw Companies Limited organizes the largest Canadian food collection campaign ever, for the benefit of food banks! In Montreal, 51 stores participate and are partners of Moisson Montreal. Their support comes in the form of donations of food and money.
During these two periods of the year, clients are invited to buy sought-after items or to donate directly at the register. Food is collected in boxes at every store as well. Moisson Montreal wishes to thank all the volunteers who collaborate during this campaign and who, ipso facto, raise awareness to our cause in clients. Thanks are also extended to all the Loblaw Companies Limited stores.
Once again, this year's tournament took place at the St-Raphaël Golf Club and gathered together more than 300 people! Under the honorary presidency of Mr. Luc Paiement, Executive Vice-President (Wealth Management) and co-President and co-CEO, National Bank Financial, the event was a huge success!
The profits from this event will allow Moisson Montreal to pursue it's humanitarian missions, those of ensuring an optimal food supply to the community agencies who serve those in need on the island of Montreal and of participating in the development of sustainable solutions promoting food security. This enjoyable day ended with an excellent meal during which the players were invited to participate in an auction.
Thank you to the sponsors: National Bank Financial, Bell, Fraser Milner Casgrain, Air Canada, Groupe Jean Coutu and the "Société générale de financement du Québec".
Sodexho and Moisson Montreal have been attempting to prolong this assistance during the summer season for the past few years. From June 29 to August 21, Feed the Future activities are held. All summer, these two partners supply lunches to children at their day camps.
This year, 30 more children will receive this gift. In total, this represents the production of approximately 800 meals, 2 to 3 times a week. It must be noted that the Old Brewery Mission is involved in this project. They organize transportation for the meals to the camps. Once again, Isabelle Huot has accepted to be the spokesperson for the project.
On August 6th, a grand barbecue for Children's Day will be held at the Jean-Claude Malépart Centre in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve for all these groups. Several activities will be organized.
Moisson Montreal takes the health of children to heart!
Spread the Feeling, a Kraft Canada project
In the month of May, Kraft Canada launched it's Spread the Feeling campaign to support food banks, Moisson Montreal among them. Creamy and Crunchy peanut butter bears offered free bear hugs to Atwater Market patrons. For every bear hug, a 500g jar of peanut butter was donated to Moisson Montreal. 10 000 jars were given.
The summer months are difficult at Moisson Montreal since it's supply of foodstuffs is considerably lower while many Montrealers are away on vacation. This is an fantastic donation from Kraft Canada since peanut butter is one the most sought-after foodstuffs by food banks. It is a source of nutrients essential to adults and children who are unable to follow a balanced diet.
Thank you very much Kraft Canada, for this wonderful initiative!
Launch of Moisson Montreal's Ambassadors Club!
On April 29th, Moisson Montreal invited all former members of the Board of Directors and previous Directors for cocktails during happy hour. This event launched Moisson Montreal's Ambassadors Club. Many were on hand for amusing anecdotes and fond memories and to watch a slide presentation of the best moments chosen from past years. Mr. Christian Lamarre, current President of the Board of Directors, addressed the guests and took advantage of the opportunity to draw attention to the 25th year of the organization. It was a magnificent opportunity to highlight all the hard work and effort that these people put in, efforts which were key to developing Moisson Montreal into what it is today.
Bravo to all!
Catelli Spaghetti-Rythme FM Day
In honour of National Hunger Awareness Day and to raise awareness of the problems relating to hunger, Rythme FM and Catelli jointly organized a highly original spaghetti dinner! The event was held at the Corona Theatre on Sunday May 31st.
A pasta sauce was prepared and graciously offered by Chef Louis-François Marcotte (Chef at the "Le Local" restaurant). Jérémie Marcotte, Jonathan Painchaud, Jonathan Roy, Lynda Thalie and the program hosts of 105,7 Rythme FM were also eager participants. For each ticket sold, a ticket was offered to a person needing Moisson Montreal's services and 160 meals were donated to "Banques alimentaires Québec". Furthermore, for every box of Catelli pasta sold in stores, Catelli will donate one portion of pasta to "Banques alimentaires Québec" (to a maximum of 500 000).
Our most sincere thanks to Catelli and Rythme FM for their initiative!
UPS offers a great gift to Moisson Montreal!
The UPS company has an environmental program whereby they help finance an ecological program of a worthy organization. Moisson Montreal applied in order to obtain the necessary funds to buy a fruit and vegetable conveyor that it has been eyeing for a long time. This tool will help maximize the efficiency of sorting and reduce waste. Less waste means more produce recovered. UPS approved the project and offered the maximum amount possible, $10 000 (US), to Moisson Montreal.
The Moisson Montreal team wishes to thank UPS most warmly for making possible the acquisition of this equipment. It was needed and will be highly appreciated. Incidentally, UPS has been a loyal partner to Moisson Montreal for a few years already.
The company offered pasta portions to several food banks throughout the province of Quebec. In 2007, 370 000 pasta portions were donated; the following year, 500 000 portions were distributed. In order to rise to it's commitment to helping Quebec families who don't have enough to eat, Catelli will give some 500 000 portions of pasta to "Banques alimentaires Québec" (Food Banks of Quebec) in 2009. Moisson Montreal will receive 192 350 of these portions.
During the months of April and May, every time a consumer buys a specially-marked box of Catelli pasta, one portion of pasta will be donated to a food bank in their region. By going to the Web site www.catelli.ca, it will be possible to double that donation!
In the name of all the families helped, the entire Moisson Montreal team comes together to thank Catelli!
Evolution of our building's transformation
Spring is finally here, and with it, the renovations to Moisson Montreal's building are in full swing. In the last weeks, we have removed fridges #1 and #2 in order to reconfigure the space into 5 refrigerators. Also, the work has begun on the mezzanine, the excavation that will eventually support the new freezer, and the installation of a parallel pack. The latter will contain a refrigeration centre through which we will recycle the energy from the refrigerators to heat the warehouse. We have also changed our drain connections to make floor drains in order to be able to clean the ceiling, the structures and the piping systems.
Thank you to all the volunteer workers who are committed to transforming Moisson Montreal's building into a model of energy efficiency!
You can follow the evolution of the CECD's work on our Web site's blog.
The 21st Non-Dinner
During the holidays, Montreal citizens were invited to participate in Moisson Montreal's Non-Dinner. This event is actually a virtual Holiday feast. During this time of year, people are called upon to participate in benefit dinners left and right. However, at Moisson Montreal, there was no need to leave home! The guests are invited to make a donation to help Moisson Montreal answer to the food needs of a great many people in difficulty on the island of Montreal.
This year, once again, the campaign was a huge success! We were even able to exceed our objective. We are witness to the great generosity of Montrealers. A most sincere 'Thank You' to you all!
To donate to Moisson Montreal, please click here, or telephone us at 514 344-4494.
Montreal Airports (Aéroports de Montréal)
|Auberge du cœur Le Tournant
Baptist Church Montreal West district
De Tout Repos Café
Carrefour jeunesse emploi of Saint-Laurent
Carrefour jeunesse emploi of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
Carrefour jeunesse emploi of Plateau Mont-Royal
Saint-Michel Carrefour Populaire
Montreal-North's Multi-Ethnic Community Centre
Rameau d'Olivier Help Centre
Montreal West's Centre de formation professionnelle (Professional Training Centre)
Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Institutional Kitchen
À Toute Vapeur Institutional Kitchen
Free Methodist Church of Rosemont
L'Intégrale rehabilitation services
West Island Assistance Fund
Saint-Denis Counsel Group
Mouvement fraternité Multiethnique
Ya quelqu’un l’aut’bord du mur
Y for women
AFES Centre d’éducation des adultes de LaSalle (LaSalle Adult Education Center)
|Pierrefonds Roxboro Borough
The Coalition Énergie construction durable
Wonderful people who are renewing hope at Moisson Montreal
In 2005, members of the "Association de la construction du Québec", the "Association des entrepreneurs en maçonnerie du Québec", the "Association des gestionnaires de parc immobiliers institutionnels", the "Association d’isolation du Québec", the "Association québécoise pour la maîtrise de l’énergie", the "Commission de la construction du Québec" and the Canada Green Building Council came together on a volunteer basis to create the "Coalition Énergie construction durable" (CECD), an association of people from the fields of construction and building management who wished to achieve the 1st volunteer sustainable development project on an existing building in Quebec.
It is with great pleasure that we accepted the Coalition's help in renovating our building. We do so for many reasons. First and foremost of these is that our building is in sore need of renovation. Second, because the sustainable development aspect of the project is important and finally, we are immensely touched by this collective effort on our behalf.
Professionals from many different construction companies banded together, despite their usual competition, to offer Moisson Montreal a building with a high energy efficiency ratio in which it is a pleasure to work.
To all those wonderful people who contributed voluntarily to this project: Thank You!
Our volunteers speak... their values, their motivation, their commitment.
Here are the touching personal accounts of 6 volunteers who are involved with our organization at different levels. Alone or in a group, every day or every year, physically or intellectually. Whatever their contribution, they are all equally important. Thank you!
An attentive ear,
A tender look,
An encouraging smile,
The light that chases away the darkness,
The triumph of hope over misery,
The help that fights poverty,
The joy that tears through distress,
The love that warms our hearts,
It is human momentum,
In an inhuman world.
Thank you Moisson Montreal, for unconditional happiness!"
Volunteer since 1996
"UPS employees live and work in the communities in which they provide service. They are well placed to know where help is most needed and they pledge to put their shoulder to the wheel wherever the need is felt. Furthermore, we are given the opportunity to go to Moisson Montreal to volunteer at the organization when we can. We are happy to count Canada's largest food bank among our neighbours. UPS employees really love volunteering at Moisson Montreal. It gives us all the opportunity to lend a helping hand by sorting food in order to improve the day-to-day life of our community,"
Community Activities Coordinator, UPS
"The interns, as we call them, work among the volunteers thanks to their openness and warm acceptance of their little differences. The interns can improve, self-actualize and perform by collaborating with other volunteers, without discrimination, despite goals which may not be exactly alike. On the one hand, there is volunteering, on the other, there is social integration and work experience. All these great people move forward, side by side in the school of life where we learn that lending a hand and volunteering doesn't just feed the body, but also feeds the heart and soul. Thank you to all these extraordinary people!"
Arlette and Lise
Workers responsible for a group internship at Moisson Montreal
L'Intégrale rehabilitation services
"Students make a commitment for dignity's sake! For close to 2 years now, several dozen groups of students from Saint-Laurent High School participated in a volunteer day to support the beneficiaries of the Moisson Montreal organization. These days are unique opportunities for them to experience solidarity firsthand as well as experience significant human socialization with other volunteers and even the lesser-known students from their classes. The students truly enjoy their day at Moisson Montreal where they feel enriched by the experience of contributing to the chain of sharing which helps feed many families in Montreal and our community and affords them a measure of dignity. We are committed to carrying on our commitment for as long as it is possible to do so. Long live Moisson Montreal!"
Director of spirituality and community involvement
Saint-Laurent High School – St-Germain and Émile-Legault buildings
"The Écolo-Boulot team is very proud to participate in the GFB food assistance program offered by Moisson Montreal for the past few years. The youth who participate believe in the program and they know that the volunteer help given is greatly appreciated. They feel that they contribute collectively and directly in assisting those in need. They have reason to be proud."
Coordinator – Écolo-Boulot Program – Work Information Group
"For the past 10 years, volunteering has been a part of my fundamental values and my balanced lifestyle. By actively participating at Moisson Montreal, I know that I contribute to improving the quality of life of those in need. This is a source of great comfort to me. I also feel that it is important to ensure sustainability for future generations by teaching the importance of volunteering to my children."
Mister Christian Lamarre, B.B.A., G.P.A.
President of the Board of Directors at Moisson Montreal
Vice-President and Investment Consultant
National Bank Financial
In March, the company donated 11 516 kilograms of soup-meals and 2730 kilograms of chicken dinners to our organization. This donation is a wonderful gift valued at $87 043. This new donor, therefore, becomes an important one and the entire Moisson Montreal team wishes to extend its thanks. It was very good news received in the month devoted to Nutrition! The food will be distributed equitably among the 210 agencies served by our food bank and will help 112 000 people this month.
If you wish to make a donation to Moisson Montreal, you may do so through the following link: www.moissonmontreal.org or by calling us directly at 514 344-4494.
Moisson Montreal's 7th Golf Classic
Are you participating this year?
The moment has come to do so by adding next June 8th to your agenda for Moisson Montreal's 7th Golf Classic at the superb St-Raphaël Golf Club on Île-Bizard!
This year is especially significant since we are celebrating 25 years of operation! Come join us! Remember that you are not only having a wonderful time playing golf in the company of your friends/loved ones, you are also supporting Moisson Montreal. Every month, our food bank serves 210 community agencies and helps 112 000 people. No time to come play? Support our cause by making a donation. A receipt for income tax purposes will be emitted. You may also manifest your support for Moisson Montreal by becoming a sponsor.
Many companies have already confirmed their sponsorship or their foursome! Do as they have and reserve your place as well! Act quickly or you will miss the tournament of the year!
For more information, please click here
Moisson Montreal's annual VIP Fishing
Do you like fishing? You you know anyone who does? Moisson Montreal is preparing its annual VIP Fishing event at the prestigious Némiskau outfitting operation. Spread the good news! From May 28th to 31st, you can participate in a memorable fishing weekend. You will even meet the famous Guy Lafleur there!
The package includes : American Plan for the whole weekend with guide, five-course evening meals, fishing equipment and permit, return transport Montreal/La Tuque in a luxury bus, lunch on shore, raft outing, spa, sauna and massotherapy.
To reserve a place, click here
Guy Lafleur at the 2009 VIP Fishing
The 2009 VIP Fishing event is an original fund-raising activity for Moisson Montreal which will be held from May 28 – 31, 2009 at the Némiskau outfitting operation of La Tuque. Mr. Guy Lafleur, the "démon blond" (the Blond Demon), one of the NHL's best hockey players, will be present at this getaway for feasting, fishing and relaxation in a beautiful natural setting. Mr. Claude Beaudin, Vice-President of Human Resources at Bombardier Aerospace is the Honorary President for the 3rd consecutive year.
The Némiskau outfitting operation covers 32 km² of private vested territory devoted to hunting and fishing in the upper St. Maurice area (La Tuque). The owner, Mr. Réal Hogue, welcomes Moisson Montreal and its VIP Fishing guests since this event began.
VIP treatment is afforded to the fishermen and fisherwomen for the 3 day stay : five-course meals, free fishing equipment, meals on the shore, gifts, comedy show in the evenings, spa, sauna, massage. These are a few of the proposed activities.
To register or to learn more about the event, click here
Moisson Montreal 7th Golf Classic
Presided over by Mr. Luc Paiement, Executive Vice-President, Wealth Management, Co-President and Co-Chief Executive Officer, National Bank Financial, Moisson Montreal's 7th Golf Classic will be held on June 8. Last year, this major fund-raising event saw the collection of the record amount of $163 000. Gathering together some 300 golf players, our tournament is held at the prestigious Saint-Raphaël Golf Club, at the heart of Île-Bizard.
"It is with great enthusiasm that I accepted to be Honorary President of Moisson Montreal's 7th Golf Classic. Not only will several hundred golf players be gathered on these magnificent grounds, but it is also a unique occasion to contribute to the well-being of the community."
Executive Vice-President, Wealth Management,
Co-President and Co-Chief Executive Officer, National Bank Financial
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More than $298 000 for the 21st Non-Dinner
The 21st Non-Dinner, Moisson Montreal's annual awareness- and fund-raising campaign, was held last December. This campaign is very important to us. It collects, every year, the money needed for the operation of our organization.
The objective of the 21st Non-Dinner is $350 000. To date, 1 971 generous people have donated more than $298 000 to Moisson Montreal. Our objective is now 92 % accomplished. As you are no doubt aware, Moisson Montreal is greatly affected by the current economic situation. For this reason, we ask you to please consider our call to solidarity.
You have until March 31, 2009 to participate in Moisson Montreal's great chain of food assistance.
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Moisson Montreal had already raised the alarm this autumn to bring attention to the increasing number of Montreal families who are living in poverty due to the current financial crisis.
Support from the public at large was essential so that Moisson Montreal could adequately respond to the increasing demand for food support from the Montreal community agencies that it serves. And that is in addition to the needs of those for whom the Holiday season was particularly difficult...
Thankfully, the population and businesses took up the challenge and were generous like never before for the 7th edition of La grande guignolée des médias on December 4th. An equivalent to 8044 grocery bags and $513 614 in money was raised as of December 11th for Moisson Montreal, Sun Youth and the St-Vincent-de-Paul Society in Montreal. It must be noted that the different media played a major role in this massive solidarity movement! An extra special thank you goes out to all the volunteers present at the collection points.
Just like every year, Moisson Montreal sorts the foodstuffs collected during the "Guignolée" during a special event call the Christmas Sorting. Former journalist Marius Brisson hosted the event to perfection and 70 volunteers from Bombardier generously gave of their time for this particular occasion. A loyal partner, Bombardier has helped us in numerous ways in the past several years: a donation of $50 000 from the Bombardier employee charitable Foundation for the Good Food Box program, the donation of a computer server and volunteer management, a major participation in the VIP Fishing event since its creation, and the volunteer work of its retired workers.
Last November 29th, Montrealers welcomed the Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train at its evening stop at the Beaconsfield station. A team of Moisson Montreal employees and RRB volunteers were on hand to collect money and canned goods for the Holiday season.
A record-setting crowd of 3000 people (triple the number when compared to last year) offered $2100 and 1765 kilograms of foodstuffs for the disadvantaged. This was in addition to the $6000 donated by CP management and the 3089 kilograms of canned goods bought by the Montreal Operations Center thanks to a fund-raiser organized by its employees. This special purchase was made according to the specific food requirements of our agencies. Thank you to the CP team, to Van Houtte for the coffee, to the "Le Chœur québécois" choir, to the RRB volunteers and to all those who came to the event and gave generously.
About the Holiday Train
The CP Holiday Train visited 125 cities and towns in Canada and in the United States during the month of December 2008. Thousands of volunteers from CP, volunteers from associated food banks and the residents of the communities visited all help support the Holiday Train. They all unite to make sure this train takes to the rails so that the donations of money and canned goods can be collected and awareness is raised in the general public about food bank programs in Canada and the United States.
Since its inception in 1999, the Holiday Train campaign has collected more than 800 000 kilograms of food and $3.56 million for the food banks of North America.
All donations collected in one area are redistributed in the same area.
With regards to the Kraft Hunger Challenge, one of Moisson Montreal's agri-food suppliers participated in the campaign by donating $1929. This money will be used to buy citrus fruit for the community agencies in Montreal.