Workers at a food bank in Montreal’s Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood are scrambling to find a new location, after learning they'll have to vacate the building they’ve been in for 20 years.
The NDG Food Depot’s director, Kim Martin, said she learned the building had been sold when a soil inspector dropped by last week.
“I said, ‘This is the normal procedure you use before selling a building?’ and he said, ‘Actually, the building’s been sold already,'” she explained.
The food bank’s lease runs out at the end of March, but the group has obtained a verbal agreement allowing it to stay for a few more months.
Martin said she hopes the food bank's supporters and members of the community will keep their eyes and ears open for possible new locations.
“We’re putting the word out now for space in the community,” she said. “We’re hoping to get a space that’s accessible to our clients.”
Finding affordable space may not be easy.
The McGill University Health Centre's new hospital is under construction just a few blocks away.
“The demand for condos in NDG is going to climb because of the arrival of the hospital," said municipal councillor Peter McQueen, who also sits on the NDG Food Depot's board.