Teaming up for a cause: 20,000 toddlers suffer from hunger across the Greater Montreal region

Leading up to Easter, Moisson Montréal and Moisson Rive-Sud invite everyone to give generously to the Great Food Drive for Children

MONTREAL, April 13, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - Presented by Provigo and Maxi, the Great Food Drive for Children seeks each month to help nearly 20,000 children aged five and under across the Greater Montreal region. On the eve of the middle of the campaign, the food drive organizers remind that the target goal of $200,000 will help address the needs of thousands of families affected by poverty and who have difficulty meeting their babies and toddlers basic food needs.

The Great Food Drive for Children, which runs until April 30, is supported by Élise Guilbault, actress and official spokesperson for Moisson Montréal, Olivier Niquet, radio host of La soirée est (encore) jeune, and Geneviève Everell, chef from Sushi à la maison.

A one-of-a-kind auction

Foodies and cooking enthusiasts will certainly be interested in the "a Chef in your Home" auction which will be held online from April 17-22. Everyone is invited to bid on five exceptional prizes and earn the chance to win a meal for 10 people prepared by one of five chefs from a list that includes: Kimberly Lallouz, Marie-Fleur St-Pierre, Antonio Park, Ian Perreault and Étienne Huot. The highest bidder of all will also get to have Marc Labrèche and Élise Guilbault on hand to serve their meal! To take part in the auction, head to

Fueled by the passion of rallying Quebecers across Montreal to get behind this project and offer children better conditions in order to reach their full potential, all donations from this campaign will provide support to community organizations that provide food to future mothers and families with young children. 

How to give?

  • Come together with your family and friends and make your bid online for the "a Chef in your Home" auction starting at 6am on Monday April 17th and until Saturday April 22nd at 11pm EDT
  • Online:
  • By SMS: text BEBES to 20222 to make a $10 donation and feed 30 children for a week
  • In person: all participating Provigo and Maxi stores on the Island of Montreal and on the South Shore until April 13, 2017
  • By telephone: 514-344-4494 ext. 222

What to give?

  • Cash donations
  • Food donations and children's products (infant formula, fortified canned infant formula, baby food, instant cereals, diapers, wipes or any other non-perishable goods)

About the Great Food Drive for Children

Created in 2012, the Great Food Drive for Children is an annual campaign established by Moisson Montréal and Moisson Rive-Sud. The primary objective of the Great Food Drive for Children is to raise cash donations for babies and toddlers, in order to help feed 20,000 children under the age of five who are living in poverty in the Montreal region.

About the two Moisson

A non-profit organization founded in 1984, Moisson Montréal is the largest food bank in Canada. Through its collection, sorting, and distribution centre for emergency food assistance, the organization allocates nearly 1,000 tons of food per month to 254 accredited community organizations on the Island of Montreal. In turn, these organizations provide food assistance to 137,000 people, including nearly 45,000 children. Moisson Montréal receives funding and supplies mainly through donations. Its operations require the collaboration of nearly 9,000 volunteers each year and result in the redistribution of about 14 million kilos of food, representing a total value of approximately $81 million. Moisson Montréal has won three awards for its Food Recovery Program in Supermarkets: the 2016 Sustainable Development Award from Mercuriades, the 2015 Corporate Citizenship Award from Novae (Supply Category), and the 2015 Élixir - Coup de Coeur Prize from PMI-Montréal. For more information, visit

Moisson Rive-Sud (MRS) fuels life by annually distributing more than 4.3M kilograms of foodstuffs, representing more than $20M in market value. This corresponds to more than 81,000 requests per month, including more than 12,000 families and 33,000 children. In order to accomplish our mission, they collaborate with 84 accredited organizations, more than 400 precious volunteers and 156 generous agribusiness suppliers. MRS statistics speak for themselves. MRS is the only accredited food bank in the Montérégie region and is always seeking to improve its services for the organizations helping its needy population. The mission of Moisson Rive-Sud is to offer foodstuffs to accredited organizations and support the development of sustainable solutions in order to ensure food security for the population of the Montérégie region. For additional information, visit: We also invite you to like our Facebook page at



For further information: The spokespersons for the Great Food Drive for Children, the executive directors of both Moisson and the chefs are all available for interviews. To book an interview: Émilie Lafond, Project Manager, SYRUS, 514-935-2777, ext. 212,; For additional information on the campaign and its activities: Jessica Hallé, Campaign and Sponsorship Manager, Moisson Montréal, 514 344-4494, ext. 238,


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