As of last month, the Maison de la Famille Quyon (MdlFQ) is the new host of the Sharing Store, a place for people who are experiencing food-related problems to get discounted groceries
The new site is a step forward for the Store, which has been operating from a small room in the corner of the Beach Barn, that was proving ineffective in a number of ways.
The Sharing Store is operated by non-profit organization Le Grenier des Collines, based in Val des Monts. The Sharing Store differs from a food bank in that there is a cost for products, but it is substantially lower than a supermarket so "users have the pride of paying rather than asking".
Louann Gibeault, speaking on behalf of MdlFQ, is pleased that Store will have improved public access through its new home.
"We are happy to receive food donations any time the MdlFQ is open," she said. "However it is helpful for people to think about the kind of food they bring. Some times we get cans of unusual things such as chick peas or artichoke hearts and there is the possibility that people do not know how to cook these kinds of food; it's not something they may be able to use for their family. Also sometimes there might be salad dressing available but no salad or other fresh food to serve it with. Knowing the dates of the Sharing Store means donations of fresh food and vegetables could be brought in the day before, or the day of, the Store being open."
Local gardeners and food farmers are encouraged to call and organize a drop-off time for fresh food to be distributed by the Sharing Store.
The next date of Sharing Store date is Tuesday, April 21th.
The Store is open from 11 a.m. for families only.
Adults are welcome from noon to 2 p.m.
The rest of the Sharing Store dates for this year:
Call for information or to enroll in the program:
Maison de la Famille Quyon: 819 458 2808
Grenier de Collines: 1 888 457 6426
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More about Grenier des Collines from their website (Google translation):
The Outaouais Hunger and Social Development Development Committee (CFSDO) brings together individuals, community organizations and institutions to share their knowledge and develop activities to advance food security in the Outaouais region. The CFSDO is a forum for the exchange of information in order to take positions and concrete actions to combat food insecurity. The CFSDO was founded in 1996 and was incorporated in November 2000. Members come from all over the Outaouais.
The CFDSO is a place of reflection on the causes of hunger and food insecurity and a place of exchange on the expertise of groups in place. It is a place of work to discover, analyze, encourage, support and publicize initiatives to address this problem. Users are invited to participate in the development and operation of the store which gives them the satisfaction of being useful to their community.