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Affordable Food Resources

At Concordia

The People’s Potato
The People’s Potato offers vegan lunches on a by-donation basis.  They serve meals from 12:30-2pm on the 7th floor of the Hall Building on weekdays during the fall and winter semesters.  From their website you can download two vegan cookbooks for free (Vegan on a Shoestring #1, Vegan on a Shoestring #2). They also have a food assistance in the form of a twice-a-month food bank/food baskets to take home, as well as opportunities to volunteer and workshops.

Hive Free Lunch at Loyola
The Concordia Student Union provides a free vegetarian lunch every weekday during the fall and winter semesters from 12:30-1:30 pm.  Located in the Hive (2nd floor of SC building).

Emergency Food Funds
Multi-faith and Spirituality Centre provides vouchers to local grocery stores.  Call 514-848-2424 extension 3593 or e-mail to make an appointment.

The Concordia Student Union also offers Emergency Food Vouchers.

Concordia Food Services flex dollars can be uploaded to your ID card through Recreation & Athletics, Financial Aid, the Dean of Students offices, and Campus Wellness & Support Services. You can use them at any Concordia Food Services café or dining hall.

Vouchers for meals or snacks useable at The Hive Café Co-op, both campuses, are also distributed through these various Student Services offices.

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard
Multi-faith and Spirituality Centre hosts a program called Mother Hubbard's Cupboard that offers a vegan supper every Thursday from 5 pm - 7 pm during the fall and winter semesters.  A two dollar (2$) donation is requested.  Located at 2090 Mackay Street room Z105/106.  For more information consult the Concordia Food Coalition webpage or  Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard Facebook page.

Near Concordia

Nilufar has a 'Falafel-it-forward' program for anyone down-on-their-luck and needing a hearty, warming meal for free. Located at 1923 Ste-Catherine St. W. one block from Concordia University.

The Innovation Youth center
Offers a neighbourhood community kitchen near campus: learn how to cook healthy and economical dishes, and bring home a family-sized meal weekly for $4.

Montreal Resources

The Information and Referral Center of Greater Montreal
The Information and Referral Center of Greater Montreal is an organization that directs people seeking help to hundreds of community resources that provide the services they need. They can help you find food banks and a lot more in your neighbourhood: from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., 7 days a week, call 211, OR if 211 does not work on your cell phone, call 514 527-1375.

Many neighborhood food banks run various programs to improve access to healthy food, including community meals, community kitchens, and affordable food markets: find out the food bank serving your neighborhood and contact them to learn of the many programs they offer.

The Center publishes a "Directory of Food Resources for Low Income People of Greater Montreal" (2017). You can also search 211's extensive database of over 5,000 community resources by clicking on "Directories" at the top of the page. You can also select "Food" under "Topics".

The Directory includes many not-for-profit organizations that offer free or low-cost meals daily. Explore pages 161 onward to find ones that you may be interested in visiting and trying out. As just a few examples:

'MultiCaf (one bus ride away from campus) offers a healthy, varied and nutritious menu at low-cost. Free breakfast is available from Monday to Thursday from 9:00 to 10:30. Hot and balanced lunches are served from noon to 1:15 pm Monday to Friday for only $ 2.00 (1.00S for children).'

Le Chic Resto Pop offers very affordable lunches and suppers in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighborhood in a friendly restaurant setting.

Using your local sharing store can be a good way to stretch your limited food dollars. Sharing stores, also called low-cost community grocery stores or magasins-partage are stores where you can purchase groceries and other household items at very discounted prices. Explore the Directory or call to find the one serving your neighborhood.
The website provides information on the services available in the districts throughout Quebec.  Select "alimentation" from the "Catégories" dropdown menu at the upper left of the page. Then select your area in the drop down menu just below (the default is "Tout") to reveal food related resources in your area.

Second Life
Second Life offers the opportunity to buy 'ugly produce' - fruits and vegetables that are misshapen or undersized, but otherwise perfectly good - at discount prices. There are TWO pickup locations within a 5-min. walk of campus! See their website or this CTV News article and video for more information.

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