Food Security - Resource Guide

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” Virginia Woolf

The NDG Community Council’s food resource page provides residents with information on local agencies and their food security related programs. In this section you will also find links to various other agencies and useful information as well as a helpful FAQ section. This directory is intended to be used as an information and networking tool to more easily identify food security resources and initiatives such as, but not limited to, food availability, social activism and collective gardening.

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 Food Banks & pantries  |  Community Restaurants  | Meals on Wheels |  School Food Programs  |  Food Education  |  Food Baskets and Purchasing Groups  | Gardening and Local Food Production | Cooking Workshops


NDG Food Depot

Distribution of food baskets and free community meal. Kitchen closes 15 minutes before closing.

Eligibility for baskets: Call 514 483-4680 to book a time to register. Require proof of residence within their service territory (by postal code : H4A - H4B - H4V - H4W - H4X - H3X - H3Z), photo ID for each member of the family.

See Garden and Cooking sections for details of other programs open to community members.

In summer - Good Food Markets offer fresh, affordable, and healthy fare in an outdoor market-style environment in NDG

Tuesdays, 2:00pm – 7:00pm | Fridays, 10am – 2pm.

6450 Avenue Somerled, Montréal, QC H4V 1S5 (NEW ADDRESS!)    


OFFICE HOURS (new) at 6505 Somerled
Monday-Friday 9am-4pm

Good Food Markets - 2018 hours and locations: June - October (dates TBD)

-Thursday 3.30pm - 6.30pm | @6550 chemin Côte St Luc - Centre Walkley

-Thursday 3.30pm - 6.30pm | @Parc George St Pierre beside 5660 Upper Lachine-St. Raymond Centre

Welcome Hall Mission

Food basket distribution

Christmas baskets and toy distribution

School Supplies

Income tax reports

Eligibility: Must create file before collecting food, need ID for all members of family, proof address, proof revenue/need (welfare documents or pay-stubs), banks statements dating back three months

Tuesday - Friday: 9am - 11.45am

4755 D Acorn Street, Montréal, H4C 3L6    


St Monica’s Parish - Food Pantry

Offers a variety of food to individuals in need.

Every third and fourth Tuesday of the month, 8:30AM - 11:30AM

6405, rue de Terrebonne, Montréal, QC H4B 1A8    


Muslim Community of Quebec (MCQ)

Distribute emergency food baskets every 3 months (4 times annually).

Eligibility: Proof of need, eg: welfare paper, RAMQ card, attached to a application form. This includes refugees, permanent residents without Canadian citizenship.

Weekly distribution after Friday prayers only

7445 Avenue de Chester, Montréal, QC H4V 1M4


Head and Hands

Food pantry. Distribute a small amount of food to get a client through about 1 or 2 days.

Some extra items like diapers and UHT milk are available at times.

Eligibility: Accessible to anyone 12 – 25, can come maximum of twice per month. Don’t require ID

Monday 10am – 5pm

Tuesday to Thursday 10am – 9:30pm

5833 Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H4A 1X4  


Projet Chance (Benny Farm)

Market-style food pantry

Eligibility: Only available to Project chance residents

3950 boul. Cavendish #17,Montréal, QC H4B 2N3    

514-934-6199 ext 306

Advise residents when food has arrived from Moisson Montréal.


Resto House

 Community lunch offered every second Friday

 Cost: $3.50

6897 Somerled, Montréal, QC H4V 1V2 

Every second Friday 

Email to reserve

River’s Edge Community Church

Serve supper

No reservations necessary


Mondays and Thursdays

5.00pm to 6.00pm

5567 chemin cote St-Antoine, Montréal, QC H4A 1R4    


New Hope Seniors Citizens Centre

Community lunches for $5, including soup or salad, main course and desert.

Can also buy a frozen meal for $3 to bring home.

Eligibility: Aged 55+, with sufficient mobility and

independence to come on their own.

Can also come with a caretaker if they need extra support. Can become a member for a small fee if they want to participate in other activities, not required.

6225 Godfrey Ave Montréal, Québec 514 484-0425 ext 202

Monday, wednesday, Thursday

Women on the Rise

Serve balanced meals during the Parenting Program

Eligibility: must attend Parenting Program

Tuesday & Thursday

11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

6870 De Terrebonne, Montréal, QC H4B 1C5   514-485-7814   www.womenontherise.cmo

N.D.G. Senior Citizens’ Council “The Boomer Café”

Drop-in café

Serves meals at lunchtime

Eligibility: Anyone ages 50 - 65

Mondays 11.00am - 3.00pm

88 Ballantyne Ave N, Montreal-Ouest, QC H4X 2B8    


N.D.G. Senior Citizens’ Council “Day Away Program”

A social and recreational program which offers

frail older people a day of stimulating activities and companionship.

A meal is served at lunchtime.

Eligibility: 65+

Wednesdays and Thursdays

10 – 2 pm

O3 – On Our Own

Collective cooking session organized by a rotating resident of 03.

8 months out of the year, three times each month

Benny Farm 514-369-0757

MultiCaf Community Cafeteria

Community Cafeteria: warm and balanced meal for $1.50 (75¢ for children)

Food Bank: Residents of Côte-des-Neiges and Snowdon are allowed one food basket per month

Meals on Wheel: meals are delivered to eligible residents of Côte-des-Neiges $4 per meal.

Good Food Box: collective buying group that purchases fresh fruits and vegetables at wholesale prices

Community Cafeteria:

Monday to Friday 9.30am - 10.30am (breakfast)

Monday to Friday 11.45am - 1pm (lunch)

Food Bank:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

3591 Appleton Ave, Montreal, QC H3S 1L7



New Hope Seniors Citizens Centre

Deliver 60 – 80 meals per day

Eligibility: Take referrals though CABM – Centre d’action bénévole de Montréal and from individual family members

Delivery service Mondays, Wednesdays,


6225 Godfrey Ave Montréal, QC 514 484-0425 ext 202

Santropol Roulant

Deliver meals to various neighbourhoods, including 27 clients in NDG

Each meal costs $4.50

Eligibility: Clients must be referred by a healthcare professional

Every day of the week except Thursdays and Sundays.

111 rue Roy Est, Montréal, QC    


Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors Day Services

Kosher Meals on Wheels

Eligibility: contact intake Department at 514.342.1234

5700 Westbury Avenue, Montreal, QC, H3W 3E8    



Dietary Measures Comité Scolaire de Montréal

Milk program, Snack program, Meal program.

Eligibility: All students at participating schools receive the milk and snack program for free.

For the 2011-2012 school year, the cost of the meal program was $0.75 for the meal and $0.15 for the snack.

3737 Sherbrooke Est, Montreal, QC, HX 3B3    

514 596 1192 ext 6375  

Schools served:

École St Luc, 6300, chemin de la Côte-Saint-Luc

École Les enfants du monde, 5350 Rosedale Ave

École NDG, 5435, avenue Notre-Dame-de-Grâce

École Étoile filante (annexe, École NDG), 5619 chemin de la Côte-Saint-Antoine

École St Catherine de Sienne, 7065, av.Somerled

École Judith-Jasmin, 4575, avenue Mariette

École Marc Favreau, 6310, avenue Somerled

English Montreal School Board

Milk offered for free to all students, 3 times per

week at Willingdon and 5 days a week at St.Monica.

Contact EMSB directly for more information.

Schools served:

École St. Monica, 6440 Terrebonne Street

École Willingdon, 5870 Terrebonne Avenue

6000 Fielding avenue, Montréal, QC, H3X 1T4    



Boîte a Lunch: Workshop Lunch Box

Elementary and high school students participate in educational after-school workshops where they prepare a healthy lunch to bring to school the following day.

(also Cultural Cuisine Workshops, Summer Picnics and Social Food Meetups)

Eligibility: Children in grades 4 and 5 for primary school program, teens (recruited through École St Luc)

Monday through Fridays, schedule depending on centre.

2146, Marlowe Ave, Montreal, QC H4A 3L5    


CSSS Cavendish, Nutrition Education and Counseling

Personal counseling session with nutritionist for

those (children, pregnant women, adults, homebound people) with health problems related to nutrition and eating habits or who want to get advice about healthy eating.


Conferences on nutrition to community groups.

Eligibility: Anyone can call to make an appointment, with or without a referral from a doctor

By appointment only.

6484 Avenue de Monkland, Montréal, QC H4B 1H3


Good Food Box

Collective buying group for accessible, affordable,

local fresh fruits and vegetables.

Every second Tuesday

Schedule of deliveries available at pick up points.

Pick up points in NDG:

Centre Walkley

CLSC NDG-Montreal-Ouest

NDG Food Depot

Eco-Quartier NDG

Ferme Zephyr, Alternatives Bio Community Supported Agriculture

Season-long, weekly or bi-weekly delivery of organic produce to consumer-partners

Farmer’s markets

Basket delivery every Thursday

Farmer’s market Thursdays 3pm - 7pm

Coop La maison verte, 5785 rue Sherbrooke O.  



Les Jardins Collectifs 

Membership in a collective garden includes:

  • Weekly gardening sessions from April - October
  • Share your knowledge and learn new techniques
  • Receive 1 share of harvest for each session you attend
  • All plants, materials, and tools provided by the Depot
  • Meet new people and build community links

Eligibility: Membership open to anyone. Suggested membership contribution of $40 or pay-what-you-can. 


6 Garden Locations:
Phoenix garden – Unitarian Church, 5035 boulevard de Maisonneuve Ouest
Cantaloup garden – Hampton YMCA, 4335 Avenue de Hampton
Racines de Paix garden – École Les enfants du monde, 5350 Avenue Rosedale
St Thomas garden – Église St. Thomas, 6897 Somerled
Parc N’Lot  garden  – Royal West Academy, 48 Ch. Ainslie
Westhaven garden - Corner of West Broadway and Harley

Community Gardens, CDN/NDG, Accès Montréal

Residents can apply for their own garden plot as part of a community garden.

Jardin Châteaufort: avenues Van Horne et Darlington

Jardin de la Savane: rue du Parc de la Savane et avenue Mountain Sights

Jardin Notre-Dame-de-Grâce: chemin de la Côte-Saint-Luc et avenue Rosedale

Jardin Rencontres: avenue Notre-Dame-de-Grâce et rue Botrel

Jardin Saint-Raymond: chemin Upper Lachine et avenue Oxford

5160, boul. Décarie, Montréal, Québec H3X 2H9



NDG Food Depot

Free cooking an Nutrition workshops open to all. 
Registration required:  514-483-4680 ext 210
Collective Creations: Wednesdays from 10:30-1:30pm 
Cultural Cooking workshops: Saturdays in February, April, and November 
Picnics: Summer evenings. 

Eligibility: open to everyone

Fridays 12pm – 2pm


Address: 6450 av. Somerled

Boîte à Lunch Cultural Cooking Workshops

Cooking workshops each showcasing a different

food culture. Participants prepare and share the meal together

Eligibility: Free, open to everyone but specifically targeting families

Saturdays in November, February and April


Walkley Centre, Centre Westhaven, Centre St

Raymond, Pavillon Gilbert-Layton

2146, Marlowe Ave, Montreal, QC H4A 3L5    514-967-6374

Head and Hands, J2K Cooking Workshops

Cooking workshops with a variety of different styles of meals

Eligibility: Ages 12 – 17 can drop in at any time.

Offered various times per month, consult online

calendar for schedule

5833 Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H4A 1X4   514-481-0277

YMCA NDG Teen Zone cooking workshops

Cooking classes offered once/week

Eligibility: $5.75 membership fee to participate in the year’s activities, conditional on participating regularly in at least one program. Ages 12 – 17.

Monday afternoons as part of Teen Zone Programming

4335 Hampton Avenue, Montreal, H4A 2L3 514 486-7315

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How can I participate in food security initiatives?

    a- You can donate food and funds to food banks and pantries:
There are simple ways to participate in the flow of food to charitable agencies. As well as contributing non-perishables and personal hygiene items to food banks, surplus perishable foods can also be donated to agencies. For more information on donating food and funds contact your local food bank such as NDG Food Depot.

    b- You can volunteer for food security initiatives:
Emergency food services often rely on volunteers for the day to day running of food banks. You can volunteer as a driver, a cook or during  client intake. For more information contact your local food bank such as NDG food depot.

    c- You can get involved in local social activism:
Activism is quite simple  taking action to effect social change. Local organizations such as Transition NDG seek to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as food insecurity. By getting involved you can play a part in increasing local self-reliance through citizen-led education about important issues.


Canada's Action Plan for Food Security is Canada's response to the World Food Summit (WFS) commitment made by the international community to reduce by half the number of undernourished people no later than the year 2015.

Le Directeur de la Santé Publique  has for mission to improve the health and well-being of the region.

Food Secure Canada is a pan-Canadian alliance of organizations and individuals working together to advance food security and food sovereignty through three inter-locking goals: zero hunger, healthy and safe food, and sustainable food systems.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ) influence and support the growth of Quebec bio-food industry in a sustainable development perspective.

Équiterre's mission is to contribute to the construction of a citizens' movement by advocating individual and collective choices that are both ecologically and socially fair. Through four programs - ecological agriculture, fair trade, ecological transport, and energy efficiency - the organization has developed projects which allow citizens and consumers to make concrete gestures that will have a positive effect on the environment and on society.