Date: March 11, 2017
Location: Mustard Seed Warehouse, Esquimalt
For our March event, we will be helping out at the new Mustard Seed Warehouse in Esquimalt by prepping fresh foods collected from grocery stores, for distribution to shelters all over Greater Victoria, and ultimately to our community who are dealing with poverty, abuse, mental health issues and drug addiction.
This is part of their new food recovery program which officially launches on March 16th. We will get a sneak peek before the public and media launch!
The Mustard Seed is the largest food bank on the Island. More than 20,000 people in the CRD rely on food banks for food, with 32% being children and youth under the age of 18. This is their best opportunity for healthy and fresh food.
We will also help the Mustard Seed paint their new warehouse prior to the media and public launch. As they have not found any funding yet for the paints, we are suggesting that each of us donate $5 towards the paints (but not mandatory). Donations over $20 are eligible for a tax receipt.
This project is open to all adults, youths, and kids (12+) who are safe and responsible in a warehouse setting. Invite your friends and family, make this a rewarding weekend activity, and learn more about how we can all do some good together.
Edit: Another successful How to Do Some Good event! So appreciative of all of you passionate community-builders and kind-hearted people who came out on a Saturday afternoon to sort and clean food for distribution to shelters, and to paint the new The Mustard Seed Street Church warehouse in time for their launch next Thursday! The music was playing, we were all focused on the work ahead of us, but also chatting and getting to know each other, and having fun – evidenced by the wide smiles.
Like one of the volunteers said, “Many hands make quick work!” In 3 short hours, we painted the main body of this huge warehouse with a few fresh coats of white, as well as pack and sort fresh fruit and veggies into 84 big boxes that will be distributed to Esquimalt Neighbourhood House and The Salvation Army – Stan Hagen Centre for Families this week. Thank you Rotary Club of Downtown Victoria for your support, and a big THANK YOU also to all of you who chipped in for the paints – we were able to help Mustard Seed purchase the paints and supplies that we used, so that more money goes to running this much-needed warehouse.
See Facebook for event pictures, and more details about the next event!