Santropol Roulant

Young people in the community delivering meals to the elderly


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Santropol Roulant is an award-winning community organization founded and run by young people in Montreal. We bring people together across generations and cultures through an innovative approach to meals-on-wheels and by engaging youth to take an active role in their community. Santropol Roulant uses food as a vehicle to create trust and build bridges between individuals in a city where isolation among the elderly is the highest in Canada.


In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Santropol Roulant is a community organization that has a rich tradition in innovation and creative development, of which the mission is a part. We bring people together across generations and cultures through an innovative approach to meals-on-wheels and by building a dynamic and healthy community.

Since its beginnings in 1995, Santropol Roulant has evolved from a meals-on-wheels service managed by young people to a network rich in relationships that creates vital community spaces and gives people the chance to live an important commitment. Initiatives are the catalysts for community development and social transformation: meals-on-wheels, rooftop gardens, vermi-compost, the intergenerational project, research on volunteer work in the family, and more.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Since 1995, we have delivered over 460,000 meals to seniors and individuals living with a loss of autonomy and offered close to 300 jobs and internships for young people in the community. We have built a reputation throughout Canada as a social service with a vision for social change, housing innovative perspectives on youth engagement, urban food systems and community care.

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