Embrun Little Market donates fresh produce to the food bank

by Kalonji Mukendi - EAP
Embrun Little Market donates fresh produce to the food bank
A donation of fresh vegetables to the Embrun food bank, courtesy of Matthieu Surprenant, manager of Embrun's P'tit Marché. (Photo : Kalonji Mukendi)

The Embrun food bank got a little extra help keeping its shelves stocked thanks to a local grocer.

The Embrun Little Market, a seasonal grocery store that sells fresh produce, opened its doors to residents on August 11. Located on rue Notre-Dame in Embrun, the little grocery store celebrated its grand opening by giving away a dozen ears of corn to every customer that attended the opening party.

To further give back to the community, store manager Mathieu Surprentant plans to donate some of the store’s unsold produce to the Embrun food bank, to help families in need.

«In these times of crisis, my conscience observes an influx of families in need,» said Surprentant. “When we have surplus produce, it’s our duty not to waste it and to share it with organizations like the food bank, in order to give something back to the Embrun community.»

On August 17, the store posted on Facebook that thanks to the support of Embrun residents, it was able to donate 300 ears of corn to the food bank. «Embrun you are incredible. Your support exceeded our expectations!” the FB post stated. » We love our community! This is why we love donating our surplus produce to our local food bank!»

The little grocery store will be open until late autumn, when the last pumpkins will be picked.

«I’m thinking of expanding the store space to be able to offer a multitude of fresh products,» said Surprentant, «and we plan to open earlier next year, from June to October.

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