Since the beginning of the summer season, the Centre de ressources et d'action communautaire de La Petite-Patrie has been collecting unsold or imperfect fruits and vegetables from Jean-Talon market and redistributing them to those in need.
This program, the first of its kind to be tested in a Montreal public market, has allowed the organism to vastly increase the amount of fresh produce it distributes, Radio-Canada reports. Over the past five months, they’ve collected and distributed 21 tons of unsold fruits and vegetables.
Now, we can offer a variety and a quantity sufficient for a week for one person.
We love this initiative, especially because otherwise, those fruits and vegetables would almost certainly have ended up in landfills. Now, instead, they’re contributing to an increased quality of life for thousands of Montrealers in precarious financial situations living in the Rosemont-la-Petite-Patrie area.
Ms. Lebeau, the project’s coordinator, wants to expand unsold goods distribution to more markets in and around Montreal.