The Food Bank is the primary outreach where we feed approximately 300 families every week.
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 referred to as the "invisible poor" or those who experience food insecurity. These people live among us and go unnoticed, 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. With the help of our partners and our donors we are able to provide a steady supply of nutritious food for our clients.
School Lunch Program is another important aspect, we are presently providing 35 lunches per week.
A few years ago, we heard a story about a child 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 children 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.
Thriftit is a project we took on during the pandemic as a way, not only to generate funds, but to also provide a sustainable and affordable way to shop in our community. With the popularity of thrifting on the rise, paired with a trendy boutique feel, we have created something truly unique in the West Island. Kayla Reid, who manages Thrifit, has done an incredible job of designing a beautiful and welcoming thrift store. Using social media (Tik Tok Friperie Thriftit (@thriftitmtl) TikTok | Watch Friperie Thriftit's Newest TikTok Videos and Instagram @thriftitmtl • Instagram photos and videos ) has been an effective initiative that has drawn people in from all over Montreal and beyond. If you haven't experienced Thriftit, you are truly missing out.
Le Spot is the second initiative we began during the pandemic. The goal was two-fold, to start a café/resto that would generate funds as well as provide affordable meals to our community. To that end, Le Spot is based on a "Pay what you can" model. We also offer an opportunity to "Spot it forward", where customers can pay it forward to others in need. Le Spot has a funky motorcycle décor that sets it apart from other establishments.
Le Spot is in need of volunteers who can give time at the resto so that we can increase our hours of operation.