Who Are We?
In Quebec, more than 600,000 people need food assistance. Every month.
Since 1988, Food Banks of Quebec, a not-for-profit organization, has played a key role in feeding them. Our strength? We are at the head of a great provincial network!
Our 32 independent regional members serve more than 1,200 local community organizations, who handle 1.9 million requests for food assistance every month.
Support its network by pooling and increasing resources and expertise, ensuring access to nutritious foodstuff for vulnerable populations throughout Quebec.
Be the leader in the fight against food insecurity with the support of a strong network throughout Quebec.
Transparency. Sustainable efficiency. Collaboration. Solidarity. Openness.
In particular, these values apply :
- Between members
- Towards vulnerable people
- Towards donors, partners, and volunteers
- To collective and regional priorities
- Contribute to the development of expertise in, and solutions to, food assistance
- Collect and share donations of money, food, and services to the benefit of our members
- Champion the development of sustainable programs and projects that reduce waste and food that ends up in landfills
- Consolidate a vast network of partners and donors focused on our mission
The evolution of food distribution:
4 million kilograms
6 million kilograms
11 million kilograms (COVID-19)
Founding of the Fédération des Moissons du Québec
Creation of Banques alimentaires Québec following a restructuring of the Fédération des Moissons du Québec
Change to the current name, Les Banques alimentaires du Québec (Food Banks of Quebec), to reflect the new social reality
Creation of the first digital food donation platform, improving the efficiency of food distribution and sharing
Launch of the Supermarket Recovery Program
Launch of a new digital food donation and sharing platform, optimizing the network’s logistical efficiency and promoting collaboration between Moissons
Quebec Food Banks play an essential role during the COVID-19 pandemic, as the demand for food aid increases by 30%
Addition of a new food distribution centre for the east of the province at Moisson Québec (the west remains served by Moisson Montréal)
What we do
National-Provincial Sharing System (NPSS)
Our organization solicits food donations from across Quebec and ensures they are shared equitably among the Moissons, according to regional needs and realities. Thanks to various programs and production campaigns dedicated to Food Banks of Quebec network, these food donations come from various sectors of the agro-industry, whether from food producers, wholesalers or processors.
Supermarket Recovery Program (SRP)
The SRP is the first initiative of its kind in Canada. With the collaboration of food retailers, the SRP provides a unique and sustainable solution to the problems of food waste and food insecurity. In concrete terms, it involves recovering unsold food from supermarkets (Loblaws, Metro and Sobeys banners) to feed people in need!
Since 2017, our organization has been coordinating the SRP deployment across the province with the essential collaboration of our Moisson and Associate members. The SRP is crucial to food-assistance organizations, as it greatly improves the quantity and variety of food (fresh produce, meats) offered to beneficiaries.
Representation of members’ interests and expertise in food assistance
We strive to make the realities of food insecurity and food assistance in Quebec better known to governments, media, and the public. We listen to the needs and issues of our members and channel their voices. We base our efforts on actual studies, notably the Hunger Count we produce every year, as well as university research, which we also support.