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Affordable food resources in Montreal

Montreal is a big place. Here's where to find affordable food resources on campus and beyond.

Source: Health Services

On Concordia's campuses

The People’s Potato (SGW campus)

The People’s Potato offers a free vegan lunch on Monday to Thursday from 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. (bring your own container and utensils). They also distribute food baskets twice a month (scroll down their page for the dates). Their website has a list of resources for food aid in Montreal.

The Hive Free Lunch (Loyola campus)

The Hive Free Lunch provides a free vegan and nut-free lunch from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Monday to Friday during the fall/winter terms.

Both of these programs are funded by your student fees.

The Hive (SGW campus)

The Hive offers a pay-it-forward food initiative where you can ask for food that was purchased in advance by other members of the community.

Near Concordia's campuses

Innovation Jeunes

Innovation Jeunes runs twice-a-month Solidarity markets: these are farmers' markets that offer discounts in order to improve access to fresh, local, affordable food. They run out of Centre St Jax, right next to campus: 1439 Ste Catherine W.

Les Mains du Quartier

Les Main du Quartier offers affordable food baskets, hot meals, etc. Target population includes students. Call for more information and to register for services: 514 989-1735. They are one block off campus: 1857, boulevard De Maisonneuve W.


The cafeteria at Mulitcaf serves breakfast and lunch several days a week, either for free or for $2 (depending on the meal). Go check them out! It is located at 3591 Appleton, one bus ride off campus. 

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 2-1-1. If 2-1-1 does not work on your cell phone, call 514-527-1375. You can also search their database of food resources.

PART du Chef

PART du Chef offers affordable frozen meals "for those wishing to adopt a healthy and balanced diet but cannot cook due to a lack of time or a physical disability."

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 dropdown 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 five-minute walk of campus! See their website or this CTV News article and video for more information.

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