Fighting food insecurity in Montreal with handmade bowls – Montreal

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Spring was in the air Saturday as people, young and old, gathered in Pointe-Claire to raise money for a good cause.

It was all part of and benefiting from the Empty Bowls initiative Corbeille de Pijn.

“It’s actually an initiative started by potters to raise awareness about food insecurity,” said Anik Vigneault, communications coordinator for Corbeille de Pain. “So we decided that it fits very, very well with our mandate and our right to exist.”

About 70 local potters donated more than 600 handmade bowls to the nonprofit.

People could buy a bowl for $25 and also receive a homemade soup.

All money donated goes directly back to the various programs of Corbeille de Pain.

Handmade bowls donated to Corbeille de Pain.

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“We have community kitchens where we develop people’s skills to manage food more autonomously, while also having access to generous amounts of food to eat on site and take home,” says Virginie Grenier-Deschênes, Executive Director by Corbeille de Pain. “We also have community gardens in various areas of the West Island.”

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The annual event is the nonprofit’s largest fundraiser of the year.

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The organization says it hopes the fundraiser will not only raise money, but also raise awareness about food insecurity in the West Island.

“We are the oldest demographic group in the Montreal region and many of our seniors on fixed pensions, with inflation, are suffering from food insecurity that you can’t even see, and it’s especially our senior group,” said Tim Thomas, mayor of Pointe- Claire. .

Jacques-Cartier MNA Greg Kelley, who attended the fundraiser, said it is important for the community to support organizations like Corbeille de Pain as more and more people rely on food banks.

“The number of Quebecers who rely on a food bank each year is really concerning – it’s one in 10. So we’re here to help people who are in a situation of food insecurity, to make sure that we can raise money for food banks. , it is extremely important,” he said.

The fundraiser raised a total of $18,500 for the organization.

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