DESTA Community Food Program supports the social and economic needs of the community through partnerships with local Black-owned businesses.
About the program
In 2020, the DESTA Community Food Program was launched to directly address urgent food security needs in the Black Anglophone community of Montreal through a holistic framework of support for Black entrepreneurs in the food industry. With passion for the epicurean world and an understanding of the unique challenges of this industry, DESTA Food feeds the community by keeping the kitchen open.
There are several ways you can benefit from the DESTA Food Program.
Leaning into the wisdom of traditional African agricultural practices and urban agricultural principles to help the community feed itself by building home gardens and facilitating sharing of surplus produce. Home gardeners are supported throughout the growing season by both Black farmers of Quebec and Concordia students.
There’s no better time to learn how to raise your own food!
Registrations are now closed
A chef-designed small business incubator offering full spectrum support for Black food businesses through the platform of a one month pop-up and marketing package designed by DESTA’s in-house DestaNation Creative Agency.
Registrations closes on March 10th 2023
Check out our event calendar to stay up-to-date on events produced by alums of DESTA Food programs and partner organizations.
There is no event scheduled at the moment.
How can you help the Community Food Delivery?
You can volunteer for our Community Food Delivery program by either joining our team of drivers by picking up groceries or a hot meal and delivering to families within the South West area or you can help us bag groceries at Union United Church on Tuesdays between 9:30 am and 11:00 am.
Desta Community Food Program is committed to answering both a social and economic need by delivering free food from Black-owned restaurants, stores, and farms to families in Montreal.
To nominate a family or sign-up to receive groceries or a hot meal, click here
In collaboration with Union United Church, we deliver groceries every Tuesday to families in the South-West neighbourhood.
Every summer, we partner with Jardins Lakou and deliver their food baskets, filled with healthy, local, organic products direct from the farm to the community. Located in Dunham, Jardins Lakou is dedicated to growing West African and Caribbean produce in Quebec and to inspire Canadians of African descent to reconnect to their culinary and agricultural traditions.
We also partner with Black-owned restaurants from the South-West area by purchasing meals directly from them to deliver to the community, answering both a social and economic need.
Maquis Yasolo is an Afro-Quebecois restaurant located in the heart of Saint-Henri in Montreal. They also deliver a bag full of fresh produce to 10 homes in the community every Thursday.
Boom J’s Cuisine, located in the center of Pointe-Sainte-Charles in Montreal, offers authentic Jamaican and Caribbean cuisine.
Cantine Burgz, located in the center of Pointe-Sainte-Charles, this recently opened Caribbean restaurant serves up tasty & authentic Haitian cuisine!