Fair Start for Kids

FAIRSTART removes the stigma that surrounds poverty by providing children with back to school supplies, a new backpack, running shoes and healthy snacks. As kids go back to school this September, we want to make sure that them and their families are set up to have a great school year! Families will spend nearly $400 on school supplies this year. For many families, this is extremely difficult. As kids go back to school this September, we want to make sure that them and their families are set up to have a great school year!

To support our program and sponsor a child please click on the link below.


Families may register in person at 625 Queens when picking up groceries Monday-Friday 10-1:30 (except holidays) for back to school supplies for student k-12 in September 2021

Family may also register by telephone by calling Guest Services at 250-953-1588.  We will return the call the next business day.

Families will be given an appointment time for their pick up in the middle to end of August.

Please note the ID for the parent and all registered children is needed when picking up.

Registration will continue until July 30 or whenever we are full.


This August, 400 deserving children (Kindergarten to Grade 12) will take home a Fair Start kit–providing school supplies and clothing for the start of classes. Each ‘back-to-school’ kits has an average cost of $30, depending on the child’s age.

Financial support designated for Fair Start is greatly appreciated and helps us with the cost of the kits ordered through Monk Office Supply. Every Fair Start kit is grade and age specific, following supply lists provided within the School District.

Want to donate? The Mustard Seed will also be accepting NEW clothing, NEW shoes (especially for pre/teens), and NEW backpack donations at 625 Queens Ave. 

Learn how you can become a corporate Sponsor as part of The Mustard Seed’s “Back to School” Campaign. 

How did Fair Start begin?

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.  A partnership with The Mustard Seed was established to bridge the connection between this program and the families who will benefit from this support.

Since 1998, Fair Start for Kids has evolved, now serving hundreds of children in greater Victoria; giving them the confidence they need to start a new school year. The Mustard Seed is grateful for the generous support of Monk Office, who helps make this program possible.