DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, WE HAVE CHANGED OUR HOURS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. PLEASE SEE BELLOW. 

 

Our Food Bank

Bagged Food Hampers will be distributed in our parking lot at 625 Queens Ave from 10AM until 1PM. 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. 

 

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.

 

***Late appointments can be accommodated by calling Guest Services at 250-953-1588 and speaking to Diane, the Coordinator to arrange a mutually convenient time.  Please be aware that late appointments will not be able to shop in the Market but will be provided with a bag of various staples.***

Our Family Centre might be for you!

(Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have changed what programs we offer. Please contact 250-953-1575 for more information)

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 (on pause until further notice due to COVID-19).

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 (on pause until further notice due to COVID-19).

 – The Fair Start for Kids program that runs every August offers basic school supply 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 or early June to ensure that we order enough supplies. Contact the Food Bank or Guest Services (250-953-1588) to register. Limited emergency kits may be available once they have been distributed on a first-come first-serve basis.

(The Fair Start program operates thanks to donations in large part from Times Colonist Literacy Fund, TLC Fund for Kids, The McAdams Foundation, CFAX Santa’s Anonymous, Canada Post Community Foundation)

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