On a rainy, foggy, November afternoon the North Star Academy Cooking Club went to lend a hand at Canada’s largest food bank, Moisson Montreal. Prior to putting us to work, 8 students and 3 staff members learnt a bit more about the impact Moisson Montreal has on the $81.5 million worth of food distributed annually, serving 254 community organizations in Montreal with 50 volunteers needed each week to supply the 658,256 requests for food aid each month. Adorned with our red, NSA aprons and clacking steel-toe capped shoes, we were led into the warehouse where we would spend the following three hours sorting through bread received from grocery stores who partner with the organization. Throughout the process, we learned that moldy bread and its packaging were not thrown away but rather composted and recycled respectively. The students quickly found their groove as they sorted, stacked, folded handles, tossed bread, and began to make a dent in the stacks of bread trays that surrounded us. The whole afternoon, albeit tiring, was an amazing experience where members of the cooking club got a behind the scenes look of a community organization and gained a different perspective on the reality of food consumption.
We all left, grateful for the afternoon well spent and the recognized hands on experience demonstrated the impact individuals can have when coming together to support and help the community.
For more information about Moisson Montreal or ideas for how you can make a difference and lend a hand, visit http://www.moissonmontreal.org/en/ .