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A local and integrated food system in Montréal (SALIM)


A local and integrated food system in Montréal

Our Vision

Healthy, locally-grown food is accessible to people experiencing food insecurity in Montreal.

Our Mission

Strengthen the supply network of community food organizations in Montreal, while improving market access for local producers, by implementing a network of physical and digital infrastructures.

SALIM is a multi-stakeholder initiative led by Récolte as part of Montréal in common.

The Facts:

1 out of 10 

people experience food insecurity in Montreal, and this number has risen to one in four during the pandemic. 

Source : Centraide

600+

Community organizations work every day, in every neighbourhood, to ensure universal access to quality food.


40%

of these community organizations have to turn down food donations because they lack available storage space.

Source: Moisson Montréal's annual survey
At the same time, local farms, especially on the island of Montreal, could produce more, but they also lack storage space or the necessary equipment to distribute their products.

Working together as part of 'Zero' Hunger in Montreal led by Récolte and the Foundation of Greater Montreal between 2018 and 2020, food ecosystem actors highlighted the need to make Montreal's food security supply network more efficient in order to remove these obstacles.

Physical and digital infrastructures and a network of logistical food hubs

From now until 2025, SALIM will work to support the implementation of physical and digital infrastructures, which will facilitate the logistics required to deliver food from local farms to the plates of Montrealers. Among these infrastructures, logistical food hubs will meet the storage space needs of both producers and community organizations.

"Vision 2025" for a local and integrated food system:

Are infrastructures a priority for community organizations?

Studies about food security in Montreal and organizations working within the ecosystem both unanimously conclude that there is a critical need for infrastructure and equipment to properly transport, store, and preserve fresh food. Here are some excerpts from publications that shed light on the situation :
  • FGM

  • CIBIM

  • UQAM

'Zero' Hunger - Foundation of Greater Montreal, May 2019. Phase 2: Portrait of the Montreal Food Security Ecosystem

According to a survey of 96 organizations, two points summarize major obstacles in the Montreal food ecosystem:

  1. There is a critical lack of organizational capacity to manage large quantities of fresh food — notably infrastructure, equipment, and human resources.
  2. Logistical and economic constraints hinder access to fresh, local, and healthy products for target populations.

"57% of respondents with food storage operations are currently experiencing a lack of capacity. The need for access to freezers was the most frequently cited need. Several organizations stated that the lack of capacity arose after developing new distribution activities. The adaptation of storage infrastructure in view of changing the scale of activities seems to be an important issue."

*Available in French only

What is a food hub?

A logistical food hub facilitates, among other things, the aggregation and distribution of local food. It reinforces the local agri-food sector's competitiveness to better serve all players in the value chain, from production to consumption.


The various functions of a food hub :

Learn more about food hubs

A synthesis of good practices

by Récolte

Creating a food logistic hub
7 good practices

Brakes and levers for the deployment of food hubs (French only)

Basic principles by Récolte


Logistics in short food 
supply chains


2021-2022: The implementation of 2 pilot projects

1

A logistical food hub

 in the West Island

Récolte is carrying out a feasibility study for the creation of a logistical food hub in the West Island of Montreal, which would:

  • Improve storage capacity for West Island farms, thus limiting losses while facilitating the increase of production volume
  • Scale up peri-urban production and community-based agriculture
  • Increase the area's capacity for distribution to community organizations in Montreal

Partners of the projects include D-Trois-Pierres, Regroupement Partages, and other West Island stakeholders.

2

A neighbourhood food hub
in the Southwest
of Montreal

Récolte is exploring the potential for a neighborhood food hub in the Southwest of Montreal, which could:

  • Mutualize delivery, storage, and packaging of food
  • Facilitate food re-distribution to organizations in the neighbourhood

A project of Montréal in Common

Montréal in Common  is an innovation community led by the City of Montreal whose partners are experimenting with solutions in access to food, mobility, and municipal regulations in a desire to rethink the city. The 13 Montréal in Common projects are being implemented thanks to the $50 million prize awarded to the City of Montréal by the Government of Canada as part of the Smart Cities Challenge.