Fair Start for Kids

The Mustard Seed Street Church offers school supplies kits to families in need, from Kindergarten to Grade 12. In 2017, kits will be distributed in late summer. Please call if you have questions at:


You can help support Fair Start for Kids by sponsoring a school supplies kit for $30, $45 or $90

You can also drop off NEW school supplies, clothing and shoes at The Mustard Seed. Check out the Wishlist for ideas. Items that are needed the most are:

  • Backpacks
  • Calculators/Graphing Calculators & Math Sets
  • New clothing and shoes for all ages
  • USB flash-drives 2 gigs or more

Linda Matthews and her late mother Vera Webb started the Fair Start Program in 1998, with an aim of ensuring children a fair start at their school year.  In looking for a way in which to connect with families who needed school kits, a partnership with The Mustard Seed was established.

The families we serve know poverty, know hunger and know what it means to struggle to put a child through school.  We believe that a quality education, numeracy and literacy are their most likely tools for escaping a cycle of dependency. Since 1998, Fair Start for Kids has developed to serve hundreds of children in Victoria by providing them with the tools they need to succeed, and we’ve partnered with Monk Office to make that possible.