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MONTREAL NORTH, April 30 /PRNewswire/ - The official opening of the Lighthouse of Montreal North, a community restaurant and food bank, took place today in the presence of federal member of parliament Denis Coderre.
The Lighthouse of Montreal North plans to provide hundreds of meals a week to people from Montreal North who find themselves in need. The idea for the project came out of the community's desire to have a place that could provide food at no cost. This initiative comes at a time when 17 percent of adults in Montreal North find themselves living on social assistance.
"Whether it's to help them out of a temporary bind or to give them something more long-term, the Lighthouse of Montreal North will be there. We want to support those who are in financial straits and help them better their situation. We also want to let people know that there are some positive things taking place in Montreal North," said Pastor Mario Catalano of the Emmanuel Pentecostal Christian Church, who spearheaded the initiative.
The Lighthouse of Montreal North's mission is to offer assistance to people of all religions and backgrounds who find themselves in need. Warm and welcoming, it will treat people with the dignity they deserve. "The Lighthouse of Montreal North is a place where people can feed both body and soul. They will find something to eat, but they'll also get some attention, meet some friendly folks and be at the centre of a great community project," added Pastor Roberto Angelone, who has been responsible for the endeavour.
Supported entirely with donations and a group of 80 volunteers, the Lighthouse of Montreal North will be offering breakfasts and lunches, from Monday to Friday. The food bank will be open on Fridays.
The Lighthouse of Montreal North is located at 11,835 Langelier Blvd, near the corner of Maurice Duplessis Blvd.
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