While Montreal homeless shelters and food banks are scaling back some services to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, others are scrambling to keep operations running as an expected volunteer shortage looms.

“We believe that everything can be done to provide the food to the people must be done,” said Richard Daneau, executive director of the city’s largest food bank, Moisson Montréal.

“If push comes to shove, we will call the federal government and ask for the army.”