La Dépannerie: your neighborhood solidarity grocery store 

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What is a solidarity grocery store?

In our case, it is:

  A complementary option to food assistance.
  An access to a low-cost grocery store for local residents.

A solidarity grocery store is a store where you can find healthy and varied food offer. It promotes physical and economic access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
More than a simple food store, the solidarity grocery store stands out for its social integration of users who have free choice of products, based on their income. It is a place of meetings and exchanges that promotes the social participation of households who buy their supplies there. Citizen involvement and volunteering are also ways of supporting this social inclusion project.

Our first solidarity grocery store, La Dépannerie, will open in january 2022 and will be located in the Ville-Marie borough in Montréal, Center-Sud district, within the Société de Saint-Vincent de Paul de Montréal's building .

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Why this solidarity grocery project?

  Following a consultation with users of our services, we noted that they often leave with the same type of non-perishable food. Lack of easy access to fresh food has been mentioned several times: this is how our solidarity grocery project emerged.

  The Société de Saint-Vincent de Paul de Montréal wants to develop innovative projects and offer additional options to traditional methods of food assistance.

  We hope to promote the notion of choice which is essential to us. We believe in empowering our users with dignity andtoward social inclusion.

  One other fundamental objective is to break isolation. In our solidarity grocery store, it will be possible to meet, discuss, participate in educational and awareness-raising workshops related to healthy eating habits, all in an inclusive environment.

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How does La Dépannerie works?

In order to contribute to the proper functioning of the solidarity grocery store and to guarantee its inclusiveness, access is open to all.

To become a member, you must purchase your membership card from a $ 6 contribution. For a contribution over $ 20 in cash, a tax receipt may be issued to you. There is not tax receipt for volunteer time.
Your membership card, valid for one year, allows access to member’s price as well as to the activities offered at La Dépannerie such as popular education workshops, kitchen workshops, coffee corner, etc. (Upcoming programming).

Who can come to La Dépannerie?

The project is set up to meet the needs of people having economic difficulties, but the grocery store is open to all types of households (single people, single-parent families, large families, etc.) regardless of their economic situation.


Our goals

  • Increase physical and economic access to quality products for people living in poverty.
  • Improve the quality and diversity of the food offer in the Center-Sud district.
  • Offer food safety awareness activities.
  • Improve consumption habits and allow food purchases with dignity.
  • Encourage people's autonomy.
  • Promote volunteer and citizen involvement.
  • Fight against food waste.
  • Develop and strengthen partnerships with businesses involved in food in the neighborhood and in the Montréal region.


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How to help us?

  • Donate online by clicking here.
  • Become a volunteer for the solidarity grocery store by writing here.
  • And don't forget to talk about La Dépannerie around you!
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Thanks to our support


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An incubated project

La Dépannerie project benefited from the support of the Maison de l'innovation sociale (MIS)as part of its support process for the Civic Incubator.