Our Food Bank (625 Queens Ave)
Changed hours: 10AM-1PM Monday to Friday
Our market will be closed and pre-made bagged hampers will be distributed in our parking lot. Only a maximum of two members of any household should come to pick up groceries. Please follow all social distancing measures we have placed, including lining up through the designated markings on the side walk.
If you are sick or have any symptoms related to COVID-19 (shortness of breath, cough, fever, sore throat) please don't come. If possible, arrange someone to come in your stead. We are not requiring ID at this time and stopping our once a month rule for getting a hamper.
Operations in Food Rescue (808b Viewfield)
Changed hours: 9AM-2PM Monday to Friday
We have closed down to all agencies picking up food. Only staff and a few screened volunteers allowed on site. Food orders will be placed in dock bay doors and agencies will pick up outside of the warehouse.
We are accepting donations from select groups between 9AM-12PM. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org before dropping off donations.
Notes about our Food Security Distribution Centre
In 2019, with the help of Victoria Foundation, VanCity and the B.C. Governent, The Mustard Seed acquired our additional 13,500 sq. foot Esquimalt warehouse. The Food Security Distribution Centre is devoted to storing non-perishable food as well as sorting, cleaning, and gleaning "rescued" perishable food from Save-On-Foods, Thrifty Foods, Whole Foods and other local grocers. As part of the Food Rescue Project, The Mustard Seed takes in more than 4000 pounds of produce and dairy products six days a week. This food is redirected from going into the waste stream.
The Mustard Seed's commercial processing kitchen further reduces food waste in our community by taking items that are not easily redistributed and turning them into prepared hot meals for our Queens Avenue location. Our intention is for The Mustard Seed to eventually run Food Security programs at zero waste.