40,905 pounds of food distributed for the holiday season thanks to Buffet des Continents
LAVAL, December 6, 2016 – This year’s annual non-perishable food drive organized by the Buffet des Continents restaurants was a great success. We collected 40,905 pounds of food items, which will be distributed to families and individuals in need over the holiday season.
Since 2004, more than 77,000 people have enjoyed a free meal on the first Monday of December in each of the Buffet des Continents restaurants. This has resulted in the collection of more than 384,000 pounds of food items to enable thousands of people in each Quebec region to enjoy a happier holiday season.
This success is the result of the exemplary solidarity and generosity shown by patrons of the Buffet des Continents restaurants located in Québec, Trois-Rivières, Sherbrooke, Gatineau, Saint-Jérôme and Mascouche. On Monday, December 5, we offered a free meal to 7,896 of our restaurants’ customers in exchange for donations of non-perishable food items.
The 40,905 pounds of food items collected have been delivered to various organizations known for distributing food to families and individuals in need, including Moisson Québec, Artisans de la Paix, the Fondation Rock Guertin, Moisson Outaouais, Moisson Laurentides and Parenfants de Mascouche.
“This gesture is important for the entire Buffet des Continents team. The holiday season is a time of rejoicing and sharing, and we hope it is a happy and festive time for everyone. However, we recognize that the holidays can be a difficult period for many less privileged citizens. It was with the goal of helping these citizens in need that we initiated our food drive many years ago. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all of our customers who so kindly donated non-perishable food items to our drive, as well as to all of our employees for their generosity,” commented one of the restaurant owners, Tony Priftakis.
According to Statistics Canada, 1.1 million Quebeckers live in “food-insecure” households, and half of them have not had enough to eat in the past year. In Quebec, one child in ten is likely to suffer hunger, including 40,000 children under the age of five.