In January 2016: scandalized by food waste, Atlantide Larouche Desrocherswho is now the organization's General Manager, initiated Partage & Solidarité in the Plateau Mont-Royal neighbourhood by raising awareness among local merchants. At first, it was an informal citizen's movement for the redistribution of unsold foodstuffs, as well as a and a Facebook group..
In 2017, the movement is registered as an NPO on the initiative ofAtlantide Desrochers and Lyne Cauchon, creating an official structure. A refrigerator is installed Atlantide's home (the Frigo-Plateau). Meanwhile, larger food distributions are organized every two months, then soon afterwards on a monthly basis, in schoolyards based in the Plateau-Mont-Royal.
In 2018, thanks to a partnership with Maison de l’Amitié, Atlantide moves the Frigo-Plateau to a community center. More regular food distributions are organized, while increasing the number of partner merchants in surrounding areas.
Food baskets offered are better filled and more numerous. At the same time, the Partage & Solidarité team is growing as more and more neighbourhood residents are mobilizing around the project.
Atlantide starts a petition addressed to François Legault, Prime Minister of Quebec, and André Lamontagne, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on the Change.org website to put the problem of food waste on the agenda, gathering over 30,000 signatories. A previous petition, also launched by Atlantide on the Avaaz site this time, and aimed directly at merchants, reached 10,000 signatories.
In 2019, the Laurentians branch of Partage & Solidarité is created under the leadership of Lyne Cauchon, co-founder of the NPO. Partage & Solidarité Laurentides is based in Val-Morin and quickly forges its place in local networks in Val-David and Val- Morin.
Meanwhile, in Montreal, Atlantide approaches the City of Montreal, using the citizen initiative process to launch a public consultation on food waste. The goal of 15,000 signatories in 90 days having been reached, and even exceeded, the consultation was accepted and is organized by the City in autumn 2020.
Partage & Solidarité is distributing approximately 400 free food baskets each month.
In 2020, Partage & Solidarité, reacting to the challenges posed by measures enacted to fight the pandemic, adapts with new methods and distribution areas, in order to ensure a strong presence for those who need support more than ever. Partage & Solidarité reaches distribution of more than 1,500 free food baskets a month. Atlantide files a petition against food waste with the National Assembly of Quebec, sponsored by MP Ruba Ghazal, which collects more than 8,500 signatures.
On April 21st, 2021, following the public consultation initiated a year earlier, the Environment Commission files its official recommendations with the City of Montreal. Partage & Solidarité is developing and now offers its services in the Ville-Marie-Centre-Ville borough, in addition to the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough.
To read the document presented during the public consultation initiated by Atlantide, click here.
In 2022, Partage & Solidarité continues to grow, offering its services in the Rosemont-Petite-Patrie, Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension, Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and Ville-Marie-Centre Ville, Plateau-Mont-Royal boroughs. Partage & Solidarité now collects between 35 and 40 tons of unsold food per month, and distributes between 3,000 and 4,000 free food baskets every month.
On December 5th, Atlantide and Lyne travel to Ottawa to receive, on behalf of Partage & Solidarité, the Canada Volunteer Award (PBC) 21, Social Innovation category for the Quebec region, from the hands of the Minister of Family, Children and Social Development, the Honorable Karina Gould. A certificate signed by the Prime Minister of Canada, the Honorable Justin Trudeau!