Montreal Meals Drive volunteers increase funds from 35,000 households for the needy – Montreal

The organizers of the very first food campaign “13. September Miracle ”in Montreal are overwhelmed with the support they have received from the community and which has made the event a success.

“The level of generosity and willingness of the Montreal people to help others were really the hallmarks of the Miracle Food campaign,” said organizing committee member Gillian Aitken.

The action was inspired by similar initiatives carried out elsewhere in Canada to help people in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 2,000 volunteers, some with rental cars, others with children in tow, set out on Sunday to collect non-perishable food that was left in front of people’s homes.

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The goods were then distributed to boards and other community organizations.

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The organizers said the rain, which was torrential at times, did not spoil the mood.

In fact, the event was so successful that some panels ran out of storage space after deliveries.

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The idea behind the city-wide trip was to make it as easy as possible for as many people as possible to safely participate in the event.

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Montreal’s Miracle Food Drive

Montreal’s Miracle Food Drive – September 10, 2020

For Aitken, motivation was about both giving and taking.

“The pandemic made many feel helpless and with that drive made people feel like they were doing something to help,” she said. “Even a small gesture can make a difference.”

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The grassroots initiative collected a total of 25,000 kilograms of donations outside of 35,000 houses.

The goods were then redistributed to 200 families who had signaled a need, as well as nearly 100 food banks and other local organizations focusing on social services, including places of worship and community centers.

The organizers say that due to this year’s success, the Miracle Food Drive could be repeated in the future.

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