Montreal’s Welcome Hall Mission is planning to open a free grocery store in the city’s North borough. The store will cater to families in need, offering them an opportunity to procure free groceries without a ‘food bank’ feel.
A similar market, Marche Bon Acceuil, already operates in Montreal’s St. Henri neighbourhood, says Sam Watts, CEO and executive director of Welcome Hall Mission. That market attracts some 3300 people a week, and Watts anticipates that 1000-1500 will frequent the new market when it opens.
Three quarters of the products on offer will be perishables, including fruits, vegetables, yogurt and meat, most of it sourced from grocery stores where the food would otherwise have been thrown away.