Not only are Action Communiterre's activities taking place inside the garden, they are also blooming outside as well. The Intergenerational Meals Project extends the learning to the kitchen and involves different age groups.
The project brings seniors and teens together through the preparation and sharing of a meal. Participating in this activity is a win-win situation for both age groups: the meals help to break isolation, foster a sense of community, allow the participants to learn new culinary and communication skills and provide a healthy meal.
Using fruits and vegetables purchased through The Good Food Box – a collective buying program managed by Moisson Montréal – and herbs from the gardens, we have been able to create some colourful, healthy and truly memorable dishes. Being able to interact with teens and seniors in a casual atmosphere has enabled us to address individual needs by steering participants in the direction of other community organizations and services.
Last year the Intergenerational Meals Project served 106 meals over the course of 6 events. It saw the participation of 81 seniors and 25 teens. With funding from the Office municipal d’habitation de Montréal, we were able to expand the project to 2 new community housing buildings in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood and to outreach to new teen groups.