If you need clothes, food, recovery programs, learning opportunities, home supplies, or a pastor, you have come to the right place.

If you or someone you know is struggling to pay the bills or put food on the table, our Guest Services team would love to come alongside to offer some support. We can move forward together.

Click the tabs below to find out how we can help you.

Our Food Bank. 

Food hampers are available once a month. The Food Bank is open for drop-in Monday to Friday from 9 to 1:45 pm. Please call 250-953-1575 ext. 116 for more information

What to bring with you: 

  • Identification for you and your dependents. For example, if you’re a mother of two, you need to bring both your and your two children’s identification.
  • Acceptable identification: Any government issued ID.
  • Don’t have government issued ID? We also accept pay stubs, rent receipts, social assistance stubs, or mail. Please bring something with your name on it.
  • We encourage you to bring your own reusable bags to carry your groceries away with you!

Finally, check out The Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness’s list of where to find food in this city: Click here for the PDF.

Christmas Food Hampers – We offer Christmas hampers 1-2 weeks prior to the holiday to individuals and families in need. Sign-up for hampers happens through Guest Services from October to December. Spots fill quickly, so please apply early. We work with other agencies in Victoria to ensure we all can assist as many as possible, so if we reach capacity or you miss sign-up, we can assist you by referring you to another available agency.

There are many avenues to finding community within The Mustard Seed.

Check out our Hospitality page for information on weekly meals, activities and other community programs. You can also engage with community through The Street Church, offering more than just Sunday services!

 

Our Family Centre might be for you!

We recognize how tough juggling monthly budgets can be, especially when there are little mouths to feed. Community services and resources can also be difficult to navigate alone.

We’d love to help you find the support you need.

Support for families. Each year, our Family Centre offers programming to help you tackle topics like budgeting, cooking, literacy, parenting, and accessing city resources. Family Dinners are offered on the second Sunday of every month starting at 5:00 pm. This meal is planned with children in mind; enjoy some delicious food and our craft table!

Contact our Family Centre Coordinator, Diane Pearson (diane@mustardseed.ca) for more information.

Back-to-school support – The Fair Start for Kids program, that runs every August, offers basic school supplies kits for grade-school students. Each kit conforms to supply lists provided by the Victoria school districts. Registration is limited, so please call in advance in May and early June to ensure that we order enough supplies for individual kits. Contact the Food Bank Guest Services (250-953-1588) to register. Limited emergency kits may be available once kits have been distributed on a first-come first-serve basis.

Check out how we do recovery at the Hope Farm Healing Centre.

Through routine, counselling, spiritual care and reconnecting with the land within a community, one can be set free from addictions.  If you’re ready for the next step, apply here. And please, don’t be afraid to contact our staff with any inquiry.

You can also join one of our evening programs offered to the community at large. Visit our Hospitality page for details.

Resources Within Victoria:

BC211 – Provides free information and referral regarding community services offered in BC. Call the 211 help line for referrals to addictions recovery, VictimLink, and Youth Against Violence.

Street Survival Guide

Emergency Shelter Guide

Women in Need Community Resources Guide