Community organization that offers low-cost food baskets for newcomers, students, retirees and families.
THE FOOD BANK
The Racine croisée food bank is open to the public every Friday of the year, with the exception of some days of which we inform our beneficiaries via social media, email and bulletin board.
PRIORITY AREAS OF INTERVENTION
Priority #1 : Meeting food needs
Specific objectives :
- Improve the diversity and quality of products to cover primary needs
- Fight against food waste.
Priority #2 : Ensure personalized support for people in precarious situations.
- Organize intercultural actions to break isolation
- Integrating volunteers into a work team
In addition to people on welfare, the target audience is varied:
- Retired persons
- Low-income workers
- LGBTQ Community
STEPS TO BENEFIT FROM THE PROGRAM
It is carried out in four (04) steps:
Step 1: Opening the file
- Evaluation of the administrative and financial situation
- Presentation of the operation of the food bank
- Submission of the rules of procedure
Step 2: Advice and support in the discovery of new products
- Revenue Proposal
- Guide to food knowledge
- Information on additional purchases to be made
Step 3: Individualized Interviews
- Work objectives to be set
- Evaluation of the added value of the food bank.
Step 4: Collective activities
- Sharing experiences
ACCESS TO THE FOOD BANK
- Every Friday of the year
- Except for certain Fridays, which we inform the public (via social networks, email and bulletin board postings).
- Food insecurity, a major problem in the current period, closely linked to the socio-economic characteristics of households in Canada, according to the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (2018)
- Income and family structure.
- Several initiatives have been undertaken to eradicate this problem:
- FAO’s Program for Sustainable Development to 2030 (Programme 2030)
- National public health program 2003-2012 for Quebec households (deferred until 2015)
- Various interventions to reduce hunger and facilitate access to sufficient quantities and quality of food (National Institute of Public Health, Issue 4, 2014).
- Increased risks of food insecurity and malnutrition, due to the increase in forms of food insecurity, the indicators of which are :
- 50 weekly food baskets (200 people) regularly offered by Racine Croisée
- 5% increase in emergency food aid and 11.2% increase in food bank users representing the working poor (Les banques alimentaires du Québec, HungerCount Quebec 2017)