According to Stéphane Lavoie, who is responsible for food security at the Maisonette, the need for food assistance has skyrocketed in the past year. “To give you an idea, in our biggest week of 2019, which was during the holidays, 40 homes signed up for food baskets. This year, we handed out 113,” revealed Stéphane.
While the need grew in Montréal, it also increased across the province. The Centre d’action bénévole la grande corvée in Grande-Vallée receives food donations from different Moissons, as well as from grocery stores and bakeries that send their unsold and surplus items.
“We had to close for three months during the pandemic. It made us sad to think of all the people in need,” said volunteer Marie-Thérèse Fournier. “We were also disappointed we couldn’t help because we get a lot out of being there, socializing and feeling like we’re really supporting our community.”