The Bread is our main program and serves as the pathway between community and the shelters in our city.
Bread and Beyond's core activity is making and delivering fresh, nutritious sandwiches to shelters that support people experiencing homelessness in Montreal. This activity creates the pathway that connects the community to the shelters, it fosters engagement, increases awareness and advocacy and is an indispensable part of our mission and identity.
For Bread and Beyond, the creation and delivery of sandwiches is achieved by 'crowd sourcing' through a robust network of incredible volunteers We have created a framework that allows all those involved to contribute in a way which is practical, flexible and fulfilling. Following our strict hygiene guidelines, individual volunteers of all ages make sandwiches at home and drop them off at a central location. We meet as group every week to make sandwiches. Schools and universities, places of worship, workplaces and scout groups all work with us to make sandwiches for people experiencing homelessness and hunger in Montreal.
Over the past few months we have had some troubles with our kitchen and also some last minute emergencies and the Bread and Beyond team has always been there to help! This invaluable boost has enabled us on several occasions to continue our operations without interruption of service in terms of food service.
Bread and Beyond is an important and extremely essential partner within our community.
With the onset of the pandemic, the needs of people experiencing homelessness have greatly increased, especially their food needs. Bread and Beyond has allowed us to meet these growing needs by offering sandwiches on a regular basis. Whether it was the meals provided by the opening of our emergency winter accommodation or the extras that allowed us to provide lunches when we had nothing to offer, Their help is invaluable to us.
Also, the health measures imposed by the pandemic meant that we had to reduce the reception capacity of our centre. We now have a team of intervention workers going out to meet the people who need to stay outside. They can now distribute food also to these vulnerable people more quickly and easily.
Thanks to Bread and Beyond, hundreds of homeless people are able to get sandwiches on a daily basis through the Old Brewery Mission. With most meal services being closed off because of COVID-19, sandwiches are getting handed out in quantities like never before.