Centraide of Greater Montreal launches The Radar
Centraide of Greater Montreal has launched a new online service called The Radar in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The service provides a map of food assistance agencies in the Montreal area that are currently open or closed. The map is intended to be used to fit a neighbourhood's needs with the agencies that can meet them, and to share information about agencies with the public, funding partners and decision-makers. The service is being operated in collaboration with United Way Calgary and Area and United Way Greater Toronto. It makes use of data from 211, Statistics Canada and Environics. The site is located at <http://www.centraide-mtl.org/en/covid-19/united-way-centraide-radar>.
“Our goal is to collect information and make it accessible to everyone, particularly to our partners and social and community stakeholders,” said Lili-Anna Pereša, president and executive director of Centraide of Greater Montreal. “The Radar will give us a better idea of funding gaps and help us adjust our investments to meet priority needs. For example, we can identify neighbourhoods where few services are available despite high demand and significant poverty rates.”