MerciMeals MTL

Who We Are - How It Works:

Help support Montreal’s healthcare workers and our city’s local restaurants with one donation.

We are a group of third year medical students from McGill who are looking to help the frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. While our clinical rotations have been put on pause in the context of the current circumstances, healthcare workers are working around the clock and risking their own health to fight for the lives of those affected by the coronavirus. 

Inspired by the generosity of local restaurants who have donated meals to frontline workers, we developed this platform to facilitate and organize the provision of healthy and nutrient rich meals to the healthcare providers in our community. With this initiative, we aim to also help support local restaurants during these difficult times. 

Our goal is to provide at least 1 meal a day to different medical wards that are affected in teaching hospitals across the Island of Montreal. As our initiative expands, so will our goal.

100% of donations will be going towards buying

Here is a list of hospitals we are currently working with:

Jewish General Hospital 
Royal Victoria Hospital 
Montreal General 
St. Mary’s Hospital 
Lasalle Hospital
Verdun Hospital

With your help, we hope to expand this to many more across the island of Montreal and potentially provide more than 1 meal a day as we continue to gain donations and volunteers to help support the project.

We would like to extend our deepest appreciation for your generous support during this time of crises. 

How YOU can help:

As an socially distant individual:

Each donation matters, here’s an idea of the impact you can have!

-A donation of $25 purchases two quality, individually-packed meals for a frontline staff.
-A donation of $200 purchases a meal for a whole frontline team.
-A donation of $1,000 purchases a meal for an entire Emergency or ICU department! 

-Meal costs include the cost of food, wages, taxes.

-If you have a hospital or local business in mind that you think would be interested in becoming partners with our organization, please contact us at [email redacted] with their name and contact info so we can reach out!

-If you have your own vehicle and are interested in signing up as a delivery driver, please contact us at. Volunteer certificates will be provided for your time and support!

As a local restaurant affiliate:

-Contact us if you are interested in becoming a restaurant partner with our organization.

As a frontline healthcare professional:

-Contact us and let us know how many people are on your team and when you would like to have your meal delivered! Please also leave us a number or email where we can best reach you.

All organizers of this campaign are volunteers and none are employed by the restaurants providing or the health and social services organizations receiving the meals.

All meals are prepared, packaged, and delivered with the utmost care and in adherence with all food safety requirements.  Special precautions being taken during this time include but are not limited to: individually packaged meals so that frontline staff can eat easily and hygienically (i.e., no finger food, no shared platters of food), and safe delivery with physical distancing and minimal shared contact.

About Us:
We are six third year medical students who are looking to help anyway possible with the current COVID pandemic. While we have been sidelined from our rotations, we can still make efforts to help those fighting at the front line. 

We would like to give a BIG thanks to all those working in the hospitals, from doctors to residents, nurses, janitors and administration for keeping us all safe. We would also like to thank all of the generous restaurants for their time and efforts during such difficult times.  

Lastly, we encourage all donors, clinicians and restaurants to use the hashtag #MerciMealsMontreal to track and promote the program.

Follow our journey on our social media platforms :) :

-Email: [email redacted]

Fundraising team: MerciMeals MTL (7)

Olivier Del Corpo
Raised $4,534 from 52 donations
Montreal, QC
Melissa Vitagliano
Team member
Raised $4,285 from 33 donations
Anthony Thorburn
Team member
Raised $3,811 from 38 donations
Kaylie Schachter
Team member
Raised $2,085 from 34 donations
Jordana Serero
Team member
Raised $1,250 from 13 donations

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