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We feed approximately 300 families every Monday.
Historically, the West Island of Montreal was known as a predominately upper middle class area. Over the years it has changed significantly in terms of its socio-economic make-up. There now exists a group that could be refered to as the "invisible poor". These people live among us and go un-noticed for the most part, because we do not expect to see them. However, if one paid closer attention it would become quite evident that some of our neighbors need our help.
Thanks to volunteers who give of their time and companies that donate food, we are able to help feed our families.
Thriftit was a project we took on during the pandemic as a way, not only to generate funds but to also provide a sustainable and affordable way to shop in our community. With the popularity of thrifting on the rise, paired with a trendy boutique feel, we created something truly unique in the West Island. Kayla has done an incredible job of designing a beautiful and welcoming thrift store. Incorporating social media (Tik Tok) was an amazing initiative that has drawn people in from all over Montreal and beyond. If you haven't experienced Thriftit, you are truly missing out.
Le Spot is the second initiative we began during the pandemic. The goal was two-fold, to start a café/greasy spoon that would generate funds as well as provide affordable meals to our community. To that end Le Spot is a "Pay what you can" Resto. We also incorporated an opportunity to "Spot it forward", where customers can pay it forward for some of our low- income clientele. Le Spot has a funky motorcycle décor that sets it apart from other establishments.
We are presently providing 35 lunches per week.
A few years ago, we heard a story about a kid going to a local elementary school with a mustard and onion sandwich, because that was all his mother had in the house. We contacted the school and this is how our lunch program began. At the beginning of every school year, we contact the elementary schools in our community to assess the need for lunches. Studies show that kids who eat healthy meals are better able to focus in class. Obviously, this increases their chances of academic success. We are committed to providing healthy lunches, and snacks for kids who can't afford to bring a lunch to school.