As a large name-non-profit in Victoria, the Mustard Seed Street Church is also a very innovative organization and has broadened its focus to long-term social enterprise solutions and emergency food aid.
On May 1st, the Mustard Seed Street Church launched their own line of roasted coffee for sale under the “Mustard Seed Coffee Co.” brand. Further, since late last year, the Mustard Seed Street Church has also been the operational partner for the Food Share Network’s Food Rescue Distribution Centre.
The Launch of The Mustard Seed Coffee Co.
The idea for The Mustard Seed Coffee Co. originated from a need to develop a program that would engage men enrolled in the Hope Farm Healing Centre’s recovery program. The six-month recovery program provides the opportunity for personal development, training and business experience.
The Mustard Seed Coffee Co. aims to maximize human well-being through the production and sale of coffee. Through the responsibility and accomplishment gained from chores, the program is structured to successfully re-integrate the individuals back into family, work and community life.
As a social enterprise, The Mustard Seed Coffee Co. profits make up the difference between the cost of the program and the cost that an individual is able to pay. The Mustard Seed Coffee Co. was started with the support from Oughtred Coffee & Tea, who roasts the coffee blends, and Thrifty Foods who is a distribution partner.
Available in “Before Dawn Dark Roast”, “Restorative Medium Roast” and “Let there be Light Decaffeinated”, the Coffee is available at Thrifty Foods stores in Greater Victoria, Mill Bay and Duncan.
The Mustard Seed Coffee Co. provides a unique program and opportunity for The Hope Farm and The Mustard Seed to provide training and business experience for displaced individuals.
Reducing Food Insecurity in the Community
After gaining possession of the warehouse at 808B Viewfield Road late in 2016, The Mustard Seed Street Church can now rescue and redistribute food that was previously thrown out due to a lack of refrigeration. This is in collaboration with the Food Share Network, an endeavor launched in 2014 with over 40 key stakeholder groups and food security organizations who aim to enhance food security in the Capital Regional District.
In addition to redistributing food, the distribution centre also composts food or donates what cannot be salvaged as animal feed. With future goals to develop a processing kitchen that will be used for social enterprise projects, rented and used as a teaching space,and to further extend the shelf life of perishable food through cooking and canning. Derek Pace, the Food Secuirty Manager at the Mustard Seed explains, “The fact is, there are way more hungry people out there than most people realize.” Further, “the exciting thing is that we are implementing innovation (sic) solutions to meet that challenge.”
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