Our mission does not consist solely of collecting and distributing foodstuffs. In fact, our priority is to carry out different types of projects connected to food support. Together with organizations, consultation committees, municipal decision-making entities, and sponsors, different practices emphasizing the independence of individuals have been implemented. Three large-scale innovative projects are being developed to ensure better accessibility, quality and variety of food for the less fortunate.
Good Food Box
The Good Food Box (GFB), a regional program operated by Moisson Montreal, offers individuals and families the opportunity to buy fresh, nutritious, and high quality fruits and vegetables at affordable prices.
Launched as a pilot project in September 2003, the Good Food Box began as an initiative of several NDG-based community organizations to improve food security. The NDG food bank soon outgrew its role as a depot and operations were transferred to Moisson Montreal in September 2007, when the program was broadened to cover a larger area. Since then, the number of boxes delivered every year all over the Island of Montreal has climbed from 3,500 to more than 31,000 in 2011.
Moisson Montreal now works with three other community agencies that have introduced a Good Food Box program in their area:
- Table des partenaires du développement social de Lanaudière (TPDSL) in the Laurentians and Lanaudière regions.
- Le Centre de bénévolat et moisson Laval in Laval
- Rencontre Châteauguoise in the Roussillon South Shore area
Moisson Montreal’s GFB program won the Centraide 2010 Agnes-C. Higgins Award, which recognizes an organization that has demonstrated outstanding innovation in meeting the social needs of the community.
We would like to better manage the significant volume of fresh fruits and vegetables not redistributed from our supply through a food processing project. Products obtained in this way (sauces, soups, jams, etc.) would be distributed to the organizations receiving assistance. In collaboration with the training program Formation en experts de Montréal of the Commission scolaire de Montréal, we would like to include a food processing section to this program that will take place in our facilities.
Pool resources of community organizations to make group purchases
Organizations served by Moisson Montréal spend several millions of dollars a year on foodstuffs to add to their supply. This project aims at building a co-op to buy the additional foodstuffs in question, allowing us to support and even reinforce the unity between organizations fighting against poverty.