The Mustard Seed Kamloops is feeding the business community to raise money for those facing homelessness and poverty.
Just Add Mustard Deli was launched on June 10. This project is geared toward businesses in the Kamloops area, but all residents are invited to join in.
In exchange for a minimum donation of $21, businesses and donors can choose from a menu featuring five waffle-based sandwiches. With a minimum order of five, the businesses and donors will receive a lunch, with the proceeds going toward funding local Mustard Seed programs and initiatives.
Lunch packages can be ordered online at TheSeed.ca/JAMD.
Once the program gains traction, the opportunity to provide skills training, certification and potential employment in the culinary field will be offered to volunteers and members of Mustard Seed’s Men’s Recovery Program.
The inspiration for the new program comes from a member of the community who knows firsthand what it’s like to rely on Mustard Seed through difficult times.
“Being around and seeing the street population motivated me to find another way that we could support them and provide more of the help they require,” project co-ordinator Derek Finlayson said.
Finlayson was down on his luck two years ago when he checked himself into the Men’s Recovery Program at Mustard Seed’s Outreach Centre, downtown on West Victoria Street.
Since graduating from the program, Finlayson has found a safe place to live and a job he enjoys. Just Add Mustard Deli is one of the ways he hopes to give back to an organization program that once supported him.
“Derek has put a lot of time and energy into this project to help support a cause that is significant to him,” Mustard Seed managing director Kelly Thomson said.
“We have reached out to a few businesses in town and there is some momentum gathering — and the sandwiches are pretty tasty, too.”
The Mustard Seed Kamloops is a Christian non-profit organization that has been caring for people experiencing homelessness and poverty since 1984.