SOCIAL JUSTICE

SOCIAL JUSTICE

DESTA is committed to the fight for social justice for our community. This advocacy can take a range of forms depending on the needs of the individual or group, and is centered around the pillars of access to information, legal resources, human rights advocacy as well as individual support services.

DESTA Community Food Program

In 2020, Desta launched the DESTA Community Food Program and works 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: either by signing up to our programs below or by contributing to the Black community by volunteering.

Gardenshare

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.  

Next registration for gardener and volunteer applications will open in March 2021

 

Community Pop-Up Incubator

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. 

Next registration for Chef applications will open July 2021 

 

Festivals & Special Events

Check out our event calendar to stay up to date on events produced by alums of DESTA Food programs and partner organizations. 

 

Our Partners

In collaboration with Union United Church, we deliver groceries every Tuesday to families in the South-West neighbourhood.

We partnered with Jardins Lakou and for 9 weeks delivered their food baskets, filled with healthy, local, organic products direct from the farm to the community. Jardins Lakou’s mission is to nourish the Montreal community with healthy, fresh and locally-grown products 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!

Re-Entry

DESTA provides re-entry and advocacy services to currently and formerly incarcerated individuals who are preparing for release, in transitional housing, or who have a history of criminal justice involvement.

DESTA’s personal support and culturally-specific programming aims to assist Black men and women in their successful community reintegration. Support Services also aids in referrals to external resources and agencies, while providing advocacy, counseling, and accompaniment where necessary.

To bring social justice in our community, donate to the Black Legal Action Fund

 

See other programs offered:

Entrepreneurship Employability

Desta Community Food Program

Desta recently launched the DESTA Community Food Program to offer food to the community through several, local black-owned business partners, supporting the social and economic needs of the community.

In collaboration with Union United Church, we deliver groceries every Tuesday to families in the South-West neighbourhood.

We partnered with Jardins Lakou and for 9 weeks delivered their food baskets, filled with healthy, local, organic products direct from the farm to the community. Jardins Lakou’s mission is to nourish the Montreal community with healthy, fresh and locally-grown products 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!

Re-Entry

DESTA provides re-entry and advocacy services to currently and formerly incarcerated individuals who are preparing for release, in transitional housing, or who have a history of criminal justice involvement.

DESTA’s personal support and culturally-specific programming aims to assist Black men and women in their successful community reintegration. Support Services also aids in referrals to external resources and agencies, while providing advocacy, counseling, and accompaniment where necessary.

To bring social justice in our community, donate to the Black Legal Action Fund

 

See other programs offered:

Entrepreneurship Employability
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