Montreal Planning to Expand its Food Recovery Program across Quebec


Published Date : Jul 29, 2015

Moisson Montreal’s partnership with the largest grocery chains across Quebec will help salvage hundreds of tons of foods which otherwise would be discarded. 

Moisson Montreal is an organization that is working really hard to fight wastage of food and feed the hungry poverty-stricken residents of Quebec. The name Moisson Montreal in French means “harvest”. The organization has been working with the largest food banks in Canada since 1984. However, it was not until October 2013 that the organization went ahead to associate with the local supermarkets. Thus the organization started redistributing the food which otherwise the local supermarkets would discard.

Earlier in 2013, the “Food Recovery Program with Supermarkets”, which is the first of its kind to have every organized in Canada – has redistributed an astounding 534 tons of food. This was a sum total of 137 tons of baked food, 197 tons of meat, 148 tons of assorted and frozen food items, and 52 tons of fruits and vegetables. 

In a time spanning less than two years, the program has become so successful that Moisson Montreal is considering to expand its operations across all regions of Quebec. 

According to a recently published newswire report Moisson Montreal has also entered into provincial agreements with the largest grocery chains in Quebec to collect the foodstuffs, especially meat and meat substitutes. The company anticipates that by March 31, 2017, the company will have the participation of at least 210 supermarkets. 

The most significant aspect of this association is that by procuring the food, which the supermarkets would otherwise discard is saves much of the funds slated to be invested by different community organizations, which can be instead dedicated to other concerns of the society. According to estimates the program helped the Quebec regulatory bodies save an impressive US$4.2 million funds which is allocated to alternative projects of society development since the launch of Food Recovery Program in 2013.