Additional financial assistance of $3 million will be granted by Quebec to the province’s Food Banks to help the organization fight against food insecurity and reduce waste.
“The primary mission of the Food Banks of Quebec must not be weakened by insufficient or deficient infrastructures. Quebec must be able to count on a solid support network to support vulnerable people in our society,” said André Lamontagne, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, in a press release on Thursday.
This funding will support the 19 harvests and 13 associated organizations for their purchase of equipment or construction. The ability to process and distribute food will therefore be increased tenfold.
“In this time of inflation-driven uncertainty, we are noticing that in addition to rising demands, the faces of hunger are changing in the province. More and more employed Quebecers are knocking on the door of our affiliated organizations. This renewed support from the government will allow our network to better respond to this demand, which is reaching levels never seen before,” said Martin Munger, General Manager of Food Banks of Quebec (BAQ).
It should be noted that an amount of $3 million was paid last December for the implementation of a new assistance program and that assistance of $2 million followed on June 17, 2022 due to the increase in requests for food aid.