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, at cost price. 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 the fall of 2021 and will be located in the Ville-Marie borough in Montréal, Center-Sud district, within the Central Council building of the Société de Saint-Vincent de Paul de Montréal.

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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. However, two prices will be displayed to promote consumer buy-in and citizen involvement:

  The first price, referred as “member’s price”, is intended for solidarity members which will give them access to products at cost price without any margin and competitive compared to traditional grocery stores.
  The second price, qualified as “non-member prize”.

To become a member, you must purchase your membership card from a $ 6 contribution (payable in volunteer time or in cash). 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.).


Our goals

  • Increase physical and economic access to quality products for people living in poverty in the Center-Sud district of Montréal.
  • Improve the quality and diversity of the food offer in the Center-Sud district.
  • Offer food safety awareness activities to counter food waste.
  • 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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Thanks to our support

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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 the project around you!