Moisson Mauricie / Center-du-Québec is finalizing nearly 300 Christmas baskets which will be distributed in the coming days to help people in vulnerable situations.
The population responded to the appeal for generosity and solidarity launched by the organization at the beginning of December.
“We are very touched by the support of the population! In fact, more than $ 60,000 has been raised to date as part of Moisson’s fundraising campaigns. The needs are great and it is essential for us to be present for those who need it, ”emphasizes Jean Pellerin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Moisson Mauricie / Center-du-Québec.
There is still time to make an online donation: www.moisson-mcdq.org/faites-un-don. Every $ 10 donated allows Moisson to distribute $ 224 worth of food.
In addition, Moisson Mauricie / Center-du-Québec is one of the organizations that obtained financial support from the Trois-Rivières bingo fund. This will help support the program to recover unsold food from supermarkets to feed low-income people.
Launched in November 2016, this program now brings together nearly 50 participating markets, both in Mauricie and in Center-du-Québec. The program aims to recover unsold food suitable for consumption, whether it is meat, fruit and vegetables, bakery products or even frozen or non-frozen products.
“The region’s grocers have really shown great enthusiasm since the program was launched. In 2019-2020, six more grocers joined. This allows us to have access to a greater variety of products all year round and a certain stability in fresh products, as well as meat. From an environmental standpoint, it also helps fight food waste, ”explains Geneviève Marchand, communications officer at Moisson Mauricie / Center-du-Québec.
Of the 3.2 million kilograms of food recovered by the organization in one year, approximately 800,000 kilograms come from this program.
The financial assistance granted by the Bingo Aid Fund will cover certain expenses, such as travel and maintenance of the delivery truck.
In September, October and November, Moisson Mauricie / Center-du-Québec received an average of four more requests for food aid per day.
“With the economic slowdown in recent months, not everyone has returned to work with the same number of hours as before. For several years, we have seen that the face of hunger has changed and this is even more the case this year. It’s important for people to know that we are there to support them, ”says Marchand.