Food baskets are distributed every Tuesday and Thursday at our offices at 4561, Notre-Dame West Street. Delivery is available by reservation for seniors and people with reduced mobility residing in Saint-Henri and Little Burgundy. To reserve your food basket, please call 514-558-2269, ext. 1.
Our Food Bank seeks to enable members of our community to eat well. Economic precarity exacerbated by the COVID pandemic has increased the demand for this service.
Since the Fall of 2020, our Food Bank has distributed approximately $1 million worth of food, helping some 100 people and families each week. The food aid, though it varies according to the donations received, consists largely of fruits and vegetables, bread, pasta, proteins, sauces and canned goods, milk and eggs.
The value of a typical food basket is 100$ in exchange for payment of a $5 fee.
Q: Must I present a proof of identity to access a food basket?
A: No, no documentation is required.
Q: What should I bring with me?
A: You should bring your bags to transport the food. If you wish to receive meat, an isothermal bag and an ice-pack are required.
Q: How many baskets can I receive each week?
A: You have the right to one basket per week. You must register in advance by calling 514-558-2269 ext. 1
Q: Is the service free?
A: A $5 fee is requested to receive a basket. You can obtain one basket free per month upon request, but you must make your request when reserving the basket by phone.
Q: Do you deliver?
A: Yes, for seniors and people with restricted mobility living in Saint-Henri and Little Burgundy only. The fee requested to receive your basket at home is $10 ($5 for the basket and $5 to cover transportation costs).
The Épicentre offers two programs: a Food Bank with limited delivery service and a seasonal produce market. Two other programs are in the planning stage: a grocery store addressing the food needs of the diverse populations in the community and a project to recuperate and transform into meals unsold foodstuffs from local businesses. These two programs are at the heart of the future development of the organization and the creation of its community food hub which will offer a variety of services according to the needs and preferences of community residents (possibly including a thrift shop, daycare services, entertainment, and art and popular education activities).
Each year, the Food Bank distributes thousands of food baskets to hundreds of families and individuals. At one point during the pandemic, all the baskets were delivered. Afterward, the service returned to normal, with just a small delivery service for people with restricted mobility, for example.
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