Historically, the West Island of Montreal was known as a predominately upper middle class area. Over the years it has changed significantly in terms of its socio-economic make-up. There now exists a group that could be refered to as the "invisible poor". These people live among us and go un-noticed for the most part, because we do not expect to see them. However, if one paid closer attention it would become quite evident that some of our neighbors need our help.
We feed approximately 200 families every Monday. Thanks to volunteers who give of their time and companies that donate food, we are able to help feed our families.
A few years ago, we heard a story about a kid going to a local elementary school with a mustard and onion sandwich, because that was all his mother had in the house. We contacted the school and this is how our lunch program began. At the beginning of every school year, we contact the elementary schools in our community to assess the need for lunches. Studies show that kids who eat healthy meals are better able to focus in class. Obviously, this increases their chances of academic success. We are committed to providing healthy lunches, and snacks for kids who can't afford to bring a lunch to school. We are presently providing 35 lunches per week.
Our Community Diner is open Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7:00pm. It provides a low cost meal to all who come. This provides a healthy mid-week supper and the opportunity to socialize. Supper is $2 per person and $5 per family.
There are approximately 70 volunteers that are an integral part of this ministry. Without them, we could not function. These people work in the drop-in centre, the Food Bank, and assist in our School Lunch Program. There are others who maintain our computers, and website.
All staff are 18 years and older.
9554 Boul. Gouin W.