Frequently Asked Questions

  • I want to donate food to an organization. Whom should I contact?

    For regional donations, contact the member closest to you; for national donations, visit the Food Donations page or simply contact us by email at gaelchantrel@banquesalimentaires.org 

  • I am a recent immigrant/student/social assistance recipient/unemployed. I’m running low on food and don’t have enough money to buy groceries. Whom should I contact?

    There are various organizations across Quebec that provide food assistance. We encourage you to reach out to the closest food aid organization. Here is the map of our network.

    You can also call the 211 or visit their website https://www.211qc.ca/en/ 

  • Sometimes, we hear that the food banks are empty, while other times we hear about a surge in donations. What’s really going on with food assistance organizations in Quebec?

    The situation is constantly evolving and differs from region to region. Food Banks of Quebec gathers together food assistance stakeholders to ensure the fair distribution of food. Contact us for more information.

  • What do the food banks in Quebec need most?

    Needs vary depending on the region, but the logistical costs of food banks generate financial needs. For every $1 donated, $12 worth of food—the equivalent of three full meals—is made and distributed to families living in poverty. Click here to help us.

    The following food items are always needed:

    • Pasta and rice
    • Canned meat and fish
    • Powdered and canned soups and stews
    • Canned fruits and vegetables
    • Flour
    • Breakfast cereal
    • Peanut butter
    • Canned and powdered milk
    • Fruit juice
    • Pasta sauce
    • Beans and legumes
    • Infant formula and baby food
  • I am a non-profit organization, a food counter, or a community kitchen. How can I become a member of the network?

    If you are supplied by one of Food Banks of Quebec’s Moisson members, you are already an Affiliate member of the network. (Make sure your organization appears on this map.)

    If you wish to become an Affiliate member, contact the Moisson closest to your organization.

  • Why a $1 donation = 3 meals?

    With a $ 1 donation, we can recover 1.5 kg of food. An average portion for an adult is 0.5 kg of food. So $1 donation = 1.5 kg = 3 meals.