The Moisson Sud-Ouest food bank is aiming to raise $1 million with the launch of its new fundraising campaign in the Haut-Saint-Laurent, Beuaharnois-Salaberry and Vaudreuil regions.
“To be able to serve more than 80 organizations in the three MRCs with quality food, in sufficient quantity and without waste, Moisson Sud-Ouest needs a larger warehouse,” says general manager Stéphane Spisak. “Our current one does not offer enough space. We could donate more food, but we don’t have the space to store it!” he exclaims.
This year, Moisson Sud-Ouest recovered, sorted, and redistributed over $6.8 million in products, which amounts to 707,147 kgs of food. The organization was able to help more than 7,500 people, of which 40 per cent were children. Moisson Sud-Ouest has seen an increase in demand of nearly 30 per cent since the start of the pandemic, and the need is only continuing to grow.
Nearly $300,000 has already been raised following generous donations from the four regional Caisse Desjardins, as well as Grace Davidson, General Dynamics, Quinn Farm, and BMB Insurance.
Pierre Luc Joncas, the president of the board of directors of Moisson Sud-Ouest, is now calling on members of the region’s business community to contribute in turn. “Let’s come together to invest in a sustainable project that will ensure the continuation of an essential service in our community.” (SR)