Moisson Montréal is a registered charitable organisation. We gather food donations and basic products all year long, and distribute them free of charge to community organizations on the Island of Montreal. With your support, we have become the largest food bank in Canada distributing foodstuffs.
Moisson Montréal is a member of Food Banks Canada and Food Banks of Quebec. As members of these associations, we benefit from provincial and national agreements with agri-food suppliers regarding our supply.
As a charitable organization, we receive the majority of the food and basic products through donations. However, cash donations are vital to managing our food bank and the 11,000 m² warehouse where 20 million kilograms of food of all kinds pass through annually.
Considering the size of our facilities, we also assume the role of managing the redistribution of national and provincial donations which are assigned to the 19 other “Moisson” food banks in Quebec. From 2008 to 2011, Moisson Montreal was the pilot project of the first major renovation venture ever undertaken by the Coalition énergie et construction durable (CECD) for the account of an NPO. Thanks to the generosity and commitment of dozens of professionals and suppliers, Moisson Montreal now has facilities that are comfortable, well-appointed and optimal on the plan of energy efficiency.
In numbers, Moisson Montréal:
• Serves more than 300 community organizations on a regular basis on the Island of Montreal;
• 898 381 requests for food assistance per month*
• 36% of the beneficiaries are children.
• 18.3 millions kg of foodstuffs and other basic products for a total of $125 million, distributed in 2022-2023 **
• 2023-2024 objectives: 19.8 million kg of food distributed, including a target of 40% fruits and vegetables. We aim to maintain 40% fruits and vegetables in subsequent years.
• Works closely with 344 agri-food businesses to effectively collect their donations;
• Welcomes 5,546 volunteers that put in more than 61,052 hours to help us continue our mission.
*According to data from the HungerCount 2022
** The dollar value of food collected and redistributed by Moisson Montréal is calculated based on Food Banks Canada’s national valuation methodology established in partnership with NielsenIQ. As of June 2022, the national value was $7.07 per kg. It was previously $5.77 per kg, since July 2020. Food collected and distributed in 2022-2023 by Moisson Montréal was valued at $5.77 per kg for April and May 2022, and at $7.07 per kg for June 2022 to March 2023. For the year in total, 18 289 583 kg = $124 914 128 value of food.
Every day, since 1984, Moisson Montréal is working toward ending food insecurity and for the access to a variety of nutritious and healthy foods.
Ensure an optimal food supply for community organizations serving people in difficulty on the Island of Montreal while participating in the development of sustainable solutions to promote food security
Food security, sustainably.
Respect for the people we help, for coworkers, volunteers and partners. Respect also for the environment in which we live and work
Integrity in all our actions we are committed to acting honestly and with transparency
Fairness in the decisions we make for the benefit of our partners, in the way we share the food we receive, and in the way we treat our colleagues and volunteers
Solidarity in helping each other freely and openly to fulfill Moisson Montréal’s mission.
Personal commitment on a daily basis, we are united together in the fight against hunger. We serve our community partners for the benefit of all Montrealers struggling with hunger.
• Receive, sort, store and distribute perishable and non-perishable food itemss
• Strengthen the solidarity chain, while listening and ensuring a presence with the accredited partner organizations
• Provide a stimulating learning environment and develop incentives for participants in various programs of social integration and employment
Moisson Montréal serves 303 organizations across the Island of Montreal. 600,000 requests for food assistance are filled each month through our the organizations.
Moisson Montréal is supported by a network of 361 agri-food suppliers with the goal of collecting perishable and non-perishable foodstuffs. The foodstuffs collected are mainly obtained from the food product surplus of suppliers, wholesalers, manufacturers, and farmers. Events and collection drives organized by companies also contribute to our supply.
By making agri-food suppliers aware of the need to participate in the fight against hunger, we are able to offer a variety of quality food to the organizations served.
In order to keep increasing the quantity, quality and diversity of food distributed, Moisson Montreal is continually looking to expand its operations. This is why, in 2013, we launched the Food Recovery in Supermarkets Program with grocery stores in the Montreal area.
A regular quality control process allows us to constantly improve the quality of foodstuffs distributed regarding hygiene and health regulations. From the beginning, we have known that offering food products without showing concern for people’s welfare is just not enough.
For that reason, we are providing food handling training to the organizations’ participants, in close collaboration with the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ)
Moisson Montréal team