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FCC donates $150K to Moisson Montréal to help tackle food waste

Previously, the food aid network was not adequately equipped to quickly collect and redistribute industrial quantities of fresh fruits and vegetables in bulk.

June 16, 2021  by CM Staff

MONTREAL — Moisson Montréal announced that it has received a $150,000 donation from FCC, to help Moisson reduce its food waste during production.

“We are pleased to announce the official launch of a new fruit and vegetable bagging line with a capacity of 1,000 kg per hour. This semi-automated line, funded by the FCC donation, now allows Moisson Montréal to accept, in quantities unprecedented in the sector, surplus fruits and vegetables from producers in order to redistribute them to organizations that feed people and families in need,” said Richard D. Daneau, executive director of Moisson Montréal.

Agricultural producers are often faced with a difficult decision when they have a large surplus of fresh food. Although there is a strong desire to donate these surpluses, there is a lack of organizations that can accept them. Previously, the food aid network was not adequately equipped to quickly collect and redistribute industrial quantities of fresh fruits and vegetables in bulk.

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“FCC is pleased to partner with Moisson Montréal, the largest food bank in the Canadian system, to meet this challenge,” said Louis Turcotte, FCC senior director, corporate and commercial financing. “We hope the organization can act as a hub for all of Eastern Canada. To donate large quantities of fresh (or frozen) fruit or vegetables, agri-food businesses can contact Moisson Montréal, which now has the equipment needed to accept these large-scale donations.”

“Moisson Montréal is deeply grateful to FCC, Bonduelle and to all the players who joined in so enthusiastically to enable us to offer more fruits and vegetables to our community network. This initiative satisfies a critical need and helps promote healthy eating habits,” said Daneau.