According to Federation CJA (click here):
- There are 18,130 Jews living below the poverty line in the Montreal CMA. The poor comprise 20% of a total Jewish population of 90,780 in the local community.
- The percentage of economically disadvantaged has been steadily rising in the Montreal Jewish community. In 1981 there were 15.5% poor here, compared to 17.7% in 1991, 18.6% in 2001, and 20% in 2011.
MADA is committed to face this growing-level of poverty.
In 2019, MADA’s kitchen served meals:
- 80,000 main cafeteria meals;
- 36,400 satellite cafeteria meals;
- 44,100 Shabbat to Share meals;
- 16,200 Mobile Cafeteria;
- 20,020 takeout or home delivery meals;
- 2,500 Passover Seder meals at 10 Montreal locations;
- 2,500 Rosh Hashanah festive meals at 10 Montreal locations.
In 2019, MADA’s food bank distributed:
- 129,480 monthly & holiday food baskets;
- 13,681,860 pounds of food;
- $2,250,000 of food, cleaning products and personal hygiene items to other organizations.
In 2019, MADA’s clothing and furniture depots distributed:
- 139,125 items of clothing;
- 2,782 pieces of furniture.
Our goal for the future is to keep up with the increasing demand and not leave anyone behind.
When COVID approached, we took a survey of our clients and discovered that many were not leaving their homes to get groceries or meals and were in desperate need of food delivered to their homes. Many could also no longer afford to eat healthy meals due to their situation.
As a result, in early 2020, MADA created the Meals-A-Partager program, so people could get 6-days worth of prepared nutritious meals, delivered directly to their homes.
As one client wrote:
MADA West Island
MADA learned, through discussion with its clients, that many of its clients, and people in need, were in the West Island but found it too far to come to the MADA location on Decarie. As a result, The West Island MADA location was opened in late 2020 and started serving meals for pick up. In 2021 it continues providing meals and fresh produce to clients once every week. We also started giving clients the option to pick up their monthly “Chez Makolet” orders from there and have volunteers pick up the Shabbat to “Share and “Meals à Partager” boxes to deliver from there if they live closer to that location, making it more convenient all around!
We have learned that clients would like to have new good quality clothes for respect and dignity so we have has a few clothing giveaways of brand new quality clothes in 2020.
We are constantly listening to our clients’ needs and adapting to provide them. We are all family.