The Mustard Seed opens its kitchen in the evenings, Monday through Saturday, for partnering churches, businesses, schools and groups of individuals wishing to host meals for people in the inner city. Volunteer groups provide the ingredients (either through bringing groceries or providing a monetary donation), then prepare and serve 200-350 meals each night. Over 95,000 meals are provided each and every year!
Sponsoring a meal with a financial donation helps to cover food costs and allows for a more elaborate meal for Mustard Seed guests! If you are interested in becoming a Meal Sponsor, please contact Meagan at email@example.com.
Availability: Mon-Fri - 5:00pm-9:00pm and Sat - 3:00pm-7:00pm
Group Size: 10-15 people
Age requirement: 12 years or older
Upcoming open meal dates:
• June 18, 20, 24, and 29th .
• July 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 18, 19, 24, 30, and 31st.
• August 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, and 30th.
• September 3, 6, 9, 10, 13, 14, 16, 17, 23, 24, 25, and 30th.
The Mustard Seed has a full commercial kitchen with giant pots, chaffing pans, a 12 burner stove and three ovens. All of the food needed for the evening meal is provided by the meal group. There are three ways for a volunteer group to sponsor a meal:
Groups can request the Food Services Coordinator to plan the menu and order the food. The meal group provides a donation of $1,000; which helps to cover the cost of food, materials and overhead for the evening meal. The group comes to The Mustard Seed to prepare, serve and clean up after the evening meal.
Groups can plan a menu with the Food Services Coordinator and purchase the ingredients. The group is responsible for bringing the food needed to prepare the meal to The Mustard Seed. The meal group provides the plates, cutlery and napkins needed for the meal; as well as a $200 donation to cover overhead for the evening.
Groups can prepare the food offsite provided it is prepared in a Government Inspected Kitchen. Alberta Health regulations restrict The Mustard Seed from serving any home-cooked meals. The meal group provides the plates, cutlery and napkins needed for the meal; as well as a $200 donation to cover overhead costs. Note: proof of inspection is required prior to the evening meal being served.
For information about payments, receipting, and the meal process, please see our Meal Sponsorship Document here.