MONTREAL, Sept. 13, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - La Corbeille Bordeaux-Cartierville is backed by key partners to pursue its mission that began 25 years ago as a non-profit organization. Marché Central, managed by the group Bentall Kennedy, as well as Costco are jointly contributing to a collection of non-perishable food from September 10 to 30 in favor of those who use La Corbeille to meet their essential needs.
Bentall Kennedy, property manager for the Marché Central has launched a national initiative and challenged its shopping centers to collect $75,000 in donations and 44,000 kg of non-perishable food for organizations such as La Corbeille. If the Marché Central wins the challenge by collecting more non-perishable food than other shopping centers, Bentall Kennedy will give La Corbeille $10,000.
The primary mission of La Corbeille is to provide food to needy families in the area and operates a community grocery store: Le magasin d'Émilie. La Corbeille also offers a training program for socio-professional integration. La Corbeille has also created a socioeconomic program, Festigoût catering, with all proceeds going to the pursuit of its mission.
On August 1st, Costco began the delivery of about 3 pallets of non-perishable food per week to La Corbeille. From 10 to 30 September, the Marché Central and customers who wish to contribute to this cause may do so by offering non-perishable food at the entrance of Costco.
Donald Boisvert, CEO of La Corbeille welcomes this initiative from the Marché Central and stated: "Hunger knows no season. Whether it's Christmas or back-to-school, people are hungry 12 months a year. It is important to ensure social fairness. It is important to give a minimum dietary support to those in need in our society."
Spokesman and Executive of the Marché Central, Robert Gauthier is confident to raise a significant amount of food for the local community. Mr. Gauthier stated "the mission of the Marché Central is to be present in the community in which we operate and to make a difference one step at a time. We believe in socio-professional integration and that is why we support La Corbeille.
La Corbeille promotes the autonomy and dignity of its customers and is a key social and economic player in the northwest of Montreal since 1987. This is a nonprofit organization with two key goals: food aid for needy families in the neighborhood that aims to develop their autonomy and socio-professional integration program to allow people facing challenges to enter the labor market.
Marché Central is a mega center and one of the largest retail spaces in Quebec with nearly one million square feet of rental space. Holder of the environmental certification Boma BESt, Marché Central is managed by Bentall Kennedy, one of the largest real estate investment advisors and one of the suppliers of the most recognized real estate in North America. The company serves the interests of over 400 clients and manages 130 million square feet of office space and residential, industrial and hotel with a total value of $ 23 billion. Bentall Kennedy has a record of over 100 years of experience, during which it has provided its customers with superior returns and has acquired an enviable reputation for its integrity, innovation and value creation. Bentall Kennedy is also a leader in the field of real estate investment management. Its fiduciary framework allows to continuously improve the return on investment by addressing the environmental, social and governance in the development, acquisition and management of commercial real estate investment. For more information, visit the website www.bentallkennedy.com.
SOURCE: La Corbeille
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Jacques C. Gagnon