The Great Food Drive for Children will continue for another week to reach its goal
MONTREAL, April 11, 2015 – This morning, a record number of volunteers, partners, artists, politicians and special guests attended Children’s Day, a family event during which the results of the fourth edition of the Great Food Drive for Children were announced and emergency bags for children were prepared. Josée Boudreault hosted this activity held at Moisson Montreal in a cheerful atmosphere, with a scavenger hunt and a playground for children.
This fourth edition of the Great Food Drive for Children supported by spokespeople Eve-Marie Lortie and Claudia Marques, combined three Moissons of the Greater Montreal area: Moisson Montreal, Moisson Rive-Sud and the Centre de bénévolat et moisson Laval. The organizers announced that $ 170,000 were raised this year although the campaign’s initial goal was to raise $ 250,000. To ensure that 20,000 children get the help needed, the campaign has been prolonged for another week.
“Our goal was to raise $ 250,000, because the needs are big. We may not have reached the goal, but we’re not giving up. People can continue to give on granderecolte.com and via SMS by texting the word UNITED to 20222. Today, we are here to prepare 1,500 emergency bags for toddlers. These bags will be sent to community organizations in theGreater Montreal area offering assistance programs to families with young children and future moms!” explainedDany Michaud, Executive Director of Moisson Montreal.
With a portion of the funds raised, Moisson Montreal purchased large quantities of baby products (diapers, infant formula, baby cereals and purees). These products, as well as those received during the Great Food Drive for Children, were packed by volunteers and will soon be routed to Montreal organizations. Similarly, goods will be distributed in Laval and on the South Shore, in order to reach all toddlers for whom the Great Food Drive for Children exists.
The organizers of Children’s Day wish to thank all volunteers and elected officials for their presence:
- Mr. Robert Poëti, Minister responsible for the Montreal region, representing Mr. Philippe Couillard, Quebec Premier
- Mr. Stéphane Dion, MP for Saint-Laurent—Cartierville
- Ms. Kathleen Weil, representing Saint–Laurent MNA Jean-Marc Fournier
- Ms. Monique Vallée, Member of the Executive Committee (social and community development and homelessness), representing Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal
- Mr. Martin Coiteux, Treasury Board president
- Mr. Dimitrios Jim Beis, Pierrefonds–Roxboro borough mayor and Member of the Executive Committee
- Mr. Alan De Sousa, Mayor of the Borough of Saint-Laurent
- Mr. Francesco Miele, City Councilor for the Côte-de-Liesse district of Saint-Laurent borough
- Mr. Aref Salem, City Councilor for the Norman-McLaren district of Saint-Laurent borough and Executive committee member
The three Moissons wish to thank Children’s Day’s precious collaborators: Ms. Josée Boudreault, Agence Thaly, Aliments Ultima, Ambulance St-Jean, Amusements Boréal, Ciné-Cast, Didier Kaade Photo, Espace pour la vie, La Mary Poppins Animation, La Ronde, Musée Pointe-à-Callières, Paquette et associés, and the Great Food Drive for Children partners: spokespeople Ève-Marie Lortie and Claudia Marques, Uniprix, SYRUS, Avenue 8 and vacationplannerscorner.com.
About the Great Food Drive for Children
Initiated in 2012 by Moisson Montréal, the Great Food Drive for Children is an annual campaign that involves two other major food banks, Moisson Rive-Sud and the Centre de bénévolat et moisson Laval, as well as Uniprix, a new corporate partner. The primary objective of the Great Food Drive for children is to raise monetary donations and food for toddlers, in order to help feed over 20,000 toddlers aged 0-5 living in poverty in the Montreal region.
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Jessica Drolet, Advisor, media relations