Conversations on local and solidarity food supply
From November 2022 to June 2023, Collectif Récolte, in partnership with Espace Cuisine pour la sécurité alimentaire du Conseil SAM, developed a series of webinars around a key theme in the reform of our food systems: local and solidarity procurement. The goal of these five virtual participatory meetings was to promote collaboration and knowledge sharing between change agents in Quebec’s food systems. The sessions enabled participants to exchange ideas, share their experiences and highlight innovative measures taken by the responsible food ecosystem.
How to set up local and solidarity food procurement within a community organization and/or a social enterprise? What tools can facilitate the process? How to reduce logistics costs associated with local procurement?
To answer these questions, this series explores various issues and solutions related to responsible procurement, such as sharing a delivery vehicle between community organizations and producers, mutualizing human and logistical resources, establishing shared governance, using information technologies and more.
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Mutualizing resources | a promising avenue to strengthen local food supply and solidarity?
The first webinar in the series explored the local procurement issues facing food security organizations, but more importantly, outlined opportunities and lessons learned from resource mutualizing initiatives.
The Mutuelle en Approvisionnement des Marchés Solidaires (MAMS) pools human and logistical resources (truck, purchasing) to facilitate the short-circuit supply of food security organizations.
The Spécialiste en approvisionnement local communautaire (SALC) project, led by Collectif Récolte as part of Montreal in Common, is experimenting with the creation of a human resources position serving several community organizations in the City of Montréal.
Transport mutualizing in food security | lessons learned from projects for local and solidarity procurement
The theme of this episode was transport pooling as a lever for collaboration, and the advantages and challenges of mutualizing a delivery truck.
The West Island Food Hub is a project focused on the design and operation of physical infrastructure, shared equipment and joint management tools ensuring the primary functions of aggregation, storage and distribution for producers located in the West Island of Montreal. The project aims to demonstrate that a logistical food hub can be managed collectively and meet some of the common technical needs of several businesses in agricultural production while respecting its vision.
The Système alimentaire local, accessible, durable et économique (SALADE) project project aims to support local food security initiatives and organizations in the Plateau-Mont-Royal territory, including the establishment of a shared food supply, distribution and delivery system. This initiative arose from the need to mobilize a common strategy to quickly and efficiently share Moisson Montréal food with food security organizations in the Plateau-Mont-Royal.
LOUIS LAFORTUNE, Procurement Solutions Lead, SALIM – Montreal in Common
ERIC HANSON, Co-owner of Les Jardins Carya
VÉRONIQUE GRANGER, Food Security Development and Mobilization Officer, CDC Plateau-Mont-RoyalSHAWN ARCHAMBAULT, responsible for transportation and food delivery for the SALADE project, CDC Plateau-Mont-Royal
IT and digital technologies for food security | Understanding needs to develop appropriate solutions
For our third webinar, we explored IT solutions for local and solidarity procurement. We examined the development of food security tools and discussed the criteria to consider when assessing their viability, cost and resource requirements.
Selecting, managing and implementing IT tools:
In his presentation, Liam Brown identifies the steps involved in properly analyzing an organization’s IT needs, and the solutions best suited to them. He presents different choices of IT tools and the related development processes.
Collaborative work and best practices for understanding needs when setting up an IT tool:Florian Maysonnave presents the collaborative aspects required to start up a shared IT sales platform, using the example of those used in the La Cantine à domicile and La Cantine dans les écoles programs, to understand the steps required to set up this multi-party system.
Shared governance for food security | Inspiring models and approaches
The principal aim of this webinar was to share concrete experiences of shared governance models, illustrating how certain food hubs have managed to mutualize their activities, from production to distribution, processing and allocation.
Champ d’actions (Projet collectif en sécurité alimentaire supported by Entreprendre Sherbrooke) consists in the implementation of concerted and structuring actions aimed at increasing food security, optimizing food value and promoting social inclusion in Sherbrooke.
La Place Commune is a non-profit solidarity cooperative created in 2015 in the Parc-Extension district, whose mission is to encourage greater urban food solidarity by involving citizens and by valuing local resources, knowledge and talent.
The Pôle Louvain Est includes the establishment of an agricultural production area that will supply quality food to local customers. In addition to agricultural activity, this space includes an educational component (internships, farm visits) and a social component (volunteering, socio-professional integration).
The Chantier de l’économie sociale is an independent, non-partisan organization whose principal mandate is to promote and develop collective entrepreneurship in Quebec.
B2B services in food security and solidarity within food hubs
In this last episode, we delve deep into the B2B (business-to-business) commercial practices increasingly present among organizations dedicated to food security. How can these services be made more accessible to community initiatives despite limited financial resources? How to ensure the sustainability of these collaborations? And above all, what role can food hubs play in forging strong links between players in the food system and organizations involved in local food security?
Isabelle Vandeplas, SALIM - Collectif Récolte
Based on the exploratory results of Collectif Récolte’s workshop Démarche de coconception: imaginons et consolidons ensemble le cycle d'approvisionnement alimentaire local, durable et solidaire à Montréal, Isabelle Vandeplas presents the potential links identified from the standpoint of solidarity and mutualization.
Benoist de Peyrelongue, La CCHM
La Cuisine Collective Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (La CCHM) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote healthy eating, encourage autonomy and develop people’s ability to act, by putting the economy at the service of society.
Nicolas Braesch, Depot Community Food Centre
The Depot Community Food Centre is a community-based non-profit community organization that works collaboratively with other community partners to address issues of food security and reduce the challenges of poverty.
Stéphanie Vaillancourt, Alternative Aliment-TERRE
Alternative Aliment-TERRE is a social and circular economy enterprise in the Montérégie region whose mission is to mobilize the community around food security issues. Its actions aim to improve access to local products through, among other things, the marketing of rescued products packaged “ready-to-cook” according to a social tariff.
BENOIST DE PEYRELONGUE, General Manager, La Cuisine Collective Hochelaga Maisonneuve
ISABELLE VANDEPLAS, Regional Food Hub Project Manager, SALIM - Collectif Récolte
NICOLAS BRAESCH, Distribution Manager, Depot Community Food CentreSTÉPHANIE VAILLANCOURT, Mobilization Manager, Alternative Aliment-TERRE
In keeping with our desire to pass on our knowledge to as many people as possible, we are proud to present the Conversations on local and solidarity food supply series illustrated in comic strips!
These comic strips offer a unique opportunity to revisit what we’ve learned, share it more widely and inspire an active commitment to more responsible, sustainable and solidarity-based food.
The five topics discussed during the webinars were brought to life thanks to the creativity of Mélika Illustration.
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The “Conversations on local and solidarity food supply” series is the result of a collaboration between Collectif Récolte and Espace Cuisine, an exchange and learning space managed by the Système alimentaire Montréal (SAM).
Conversations on local and solidarity food supply is a project of the Local and Integrated Food System in Montreal (SALIM), a multi-partner program led by Collectif Récolte and made possible by funding from Montreal in Common.
Montreal in Common is an innovation community piloted by the City of Montréal as part of the Smart Cities Challenge, and made possible with the financial support of the Government of Canada.