Hunger on the West Island? Really?

On Rock Community Services feeds more than 200 West Island families each week

By Rhonda Massad

On Rock Community Services recently announced its new mission statement to eliminate hunger in the West Island of Montreal. This month they announced their annual spring food drive in an effort to prepare for the lean months ahead at their food bank.

“People don’t think of giving when the sun is out and the sky is blue,” Kim Reid, founder of On Rock and father of three told The Suburban, “I like to get prepared for the summer months when we simply don’t have enough to go around.”

Each and every week On Rock feeds more than 200 West Island families and countless lunches to local elementary schools. According to Reid it takes a community to feed the hungry. On Rock receives food through donations from Moisson Montreal that distributes food to all food banks, as well as private companies and individual donors.

The annual food drive needs include all non-perishable foods such as canned goods, peanut butter, tuna and pasta. Items can be delivered to the food bank or pick up can be arranged through the website.

“If we happen to have an overstock we share our good fortune with a smaller food bank in Vaudreuil-Dorion,” Reid said.

The annual cost in rent alone of the warehouse space behind a strip mall on Gouin is $100,000.

Reid often deals with what he calls emergency situations, when a family is out of food and needs help immediately. A box is prepared that can last a family about three days depending on what On Rock has in stock in terms of food. Often the food received is not prime produce so it must be consumed in short order.

“It is a 50/50 chance whether a family will come to us and become regular customers,” he explained, “if they are lucky it is just a temporary situation until the family can get back on their feet.”

When asked what Reid sees for the future of On Rock he answered, “I don’t plan, I wait to see the needs of the community.”

Tickets are on sale for On Rock’s eighth annual wine tasting and food pairing event that will take place on June 6, at A Ma Baie Cultural Center located at 9665 Gouin Ouest, Pierrefonds.

The food drive can be followed on the On Rock Facebook page and more info about On Rock can be found at

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