There’s been much in the news lately about how food prices are increasing, and that it’s getting harder and harder for people to put food on the table, let alone nutritious, well-balanced meals. Since a large portion of our income has to go towards rent or a mortgage, it leaves little for all the rest. And typically we must pay other expenses such as utilities, childcare, insurances etc, before we even consider our food budget.
Programs like our community kitchens are becoming more and more necessary. Our workshops teach people how to cook so that they are able to make healthy, budget-conscious meals at home, and participants eat one meal on site and receive portions to take home. Our kitchens rely on food donations and low-cost produce programs, and we have a small budget per kitchen for fresh items. But even our dollars must stretch and we find ourselves trying to be creative in the meals we create.
If you are having trouble putting food on the table and live within our region of the West Island of Montreal, please call us at 514-694-5850. You can try participating in one of our kitchens, or perhaps try the Good Food Box program where you can buy a box of fresh (and local) fruits and vegetables at a fraction of the supermarket cost. If you don’t live in our area, look in your region as you may be able to find an organization that has similar programs.
We must be nourished in order to live, let alone function. Our services are here to help so we encourage you to reach out.