What is the Carte Proximité?

A method of payment

Carte Proximité is a food stamps project that supports food-insecure households and local food systems. The card can be used as a method of payment to purchase food items at any of the participating markets, who commit to sourcing an increasing number of their products directly from local farms. Carte Proximité is helping to make healthy food more accessible to all, creating solidarity, promoting local farmers and strengthening short supply chains.
Did you mention solidarity?

Food stamps

Not all folks have access to sufficient healthy foods for economic reasons. Through this program, hundreds of people experiencing food insecurity receive subsidized cards that receive monthly deposits. So they too have the purchasing power be able to buy more fresh produce and support the local economy.
Did you mention farmers?

Buying local

With the Carte Proximité, we encourage our local economy and local supply chains. That is, produce goes straight from the farm to the market shelves. Fewer middlemen means fresher food and fairer prices that value the work of our farmers.
What can be purchased with the Carte Proximité?

Fresh, whole, local foods

With Carte Proximité, you can stock up any food item on the shelf at any participating market. The availability of food items varies from market to market and throughout the season.
Where can the Carte Proximité be used?

Find your market

The card can be used at many different markets and farm stands. Consult the map to find out their locations and their opening hours. Different markets offer different food items, so you are encouraged to visit several of them!
I want to support this program!

Donate a card in solidarity!

Because the Carte Proximité is intended to improve access to healthy food, hundreds of cards are distributed by local community organizations to people experiencing food insecurity. But funding is very tight!

You can directly support a food-insecure family by donating a Carte Proximité. Your donation will directly increase the impact of this program.

I am experiencing food insecurity and I need a card!

Contact your local community organization

Check the map to find the community organization that serves your neighborhood. Reach out to this organization to let them know that you're interested in receiving a card. You will probably be invited to become a member of the organization. Registration usually takes place in June. Monthly allocations are deposited on cards between July and October. The amounts depend on the size of your household:
  • One-person household: 50$/month
  • Two-person household: 75$/month
  • Three-person household: 100$/month
  • Four or more-person household: 125$/month

Do you run a market or represent a community organization?

Distribute or Accept the Carte Proximité

All together in solidarity, with the Carte Proximité, let’s build a more human, farmer-focused food system.