Montreal, December 14, 2023 – The SAQ today presented a total of $815,978 to the Food Banks of Quebec (FBQ) network to provide assistance to thousands of Quebecers whose holidays are not a time of plenty or celebration. 

Several initiatives were put in place between December 7 and 13 and all bore fruit. During the period, customers and Quebecers were encouraged to make a donation at the checkout counter in any of the SAQ’s some 400 stores or online. Buying an SAQ-branded wrapping product was another way to contribute, as part of the proceeds from the sale goes directly to the FBQ. 

Aware of the issue, some of the SAQ’s partners also became involved. This meant that when any of the 16 participating products was purchased during the period, the equivalent of a meal was donated to the FBQ. 

“First, I want to offer my sincere thanks to all the SAQ’s front-line employees, including our store colleagues, for their involvement,” said Jacques Farcy, President and Chief Executive Officer of the SAQ. “They are the lead ambassadors for our major corporate cause. Many thanks, too, to the customers who, once again, so generously answered our call. We can be proud of our ongoing support for Food Banks of Quebec and its mission, especially at a time when requests for assistance are so high.” 

“The amount we’re receiving today from the SAQ means so much for us,” added Martin Munger, Executive Director of Food Banks of Quebec. “Among other things, it will allow the members of our network and their affiliated organizations to provide food assistance to the (too) many people in need. A huge thank-you to the SAQ and its employees, customers and partners, who provide invaluable support year after year. We are truly touched by such generosity!” 

About Food Banks of Quebec 

The Food Banks of Quebec (FBQ) network is present throughout Quebec with its 32 regional members, many of which operate under the Moisson banner. They provide nutritious foodstuffs to 1,300 community organizations that deliver food assistance to more than 872,000 persons a month. Since 1988, the FBQ has made it possible for resources, expertise and information to be pooled in order to fight food insecurity and alleviate hunger among vulnerable populations.