JOINT OPERATION - Executive Director of the Mustard Seed Byron Bradley, announced the opening of the Red Deer Food Bank’s new satellite location within the Mustard Seed. Todd Colin Vaughan/Red Deer Express

Food bank opens new satellite location at the Mustard Seed

Additional location to help centralize services in Red Deer

The Red Deer Mustard Seed and the Red Deer Food Bank recently announced the opening of a new food bank satellite location at the Mustard Seed in Riverside Meadows.

The collaboration will allow the clients of the Mustard Seed — many of whom use the service of the food bank — to also pick up their food hampers at the Mustard Seed.

“What we have done is a joint venture to open a depot here in the Mustard Seed,” said Red Deer Food Bank Executive Director Fred Scaife. “It is a great opportunity for our clients. Already we have clients coming in today that live within walking distance. If this was not available to them, they would have to find some way to get up to the north hill to our main location.”

The Mustard Seed is located in a much more central location, which can provide added accessibility for clients.

“We are really happy to extend our space to the Red Deer Food Bank and it was all made possible by a generous donor in the community,” said Mustard Seed Central Alberta Managing Director Byron Bradley. “We try to be hope and well-being for our most vulnerable citizens through Jesus’ love. That is for the whole person — caring for them and bringing them to a place of health and wellness.”

According to Scaife, creating shorter transits to food access is important for vulnerable populations in Red Deer.

“This is what it is all about,” he said. “Keeping people from having to waste or use valuable resources travelling when there is no need to. The Mustard Seed has been so welcoming and we have been looking forward to this project. It just made sense to do this.”

Collaboration between groups like the food bank and the Mustard Seed is crucial, according to Scaife and Bradley.

“It is really important for groups like us at the food bank and the Mustard Seed to get together simply because we are dealing with the same basic population,” Scaife said. “We can better improve the service that is available to those people. When we work together and know what each other is doing, it makes it a whole lot easier to make sure the lives of our clients are made better.”

Bradley added, “Our goal from day one was to open our door to other great agencies like the food bank and invite them in to collaborate and use our space here. It is crucial. We all offer different types of services to care for the whole person.”

Feedback was already coming in during the announcement of the food bank depot.

“Already the feedback at the Mustard Seed from the clients here shows they are excited for the prospect of not having to go all the way up to the north hill in order to get a hamper,” Scaife said. “Especially for the people walking, on foot or using transit — putting it with four to five blocks of where they live is fantastic for them.”

Bradley said the Red Deer Food Bank has been helpful even before this official collaboration.

“We serve dinners three times per week and in the summer we are doing summer lunches as well,” Bradley said. “We need to come together, share resources and from day one the food bank has been very generous with us. They have given us a lot of product for our kitchen and we have been working really closely with them.”

Bradley thanked an anonymous donor for allowing this depot to come to fruition.

“We are pleased for the support from the community,” he said. “If it wasn’t for the generous donation from the anonymous family, we wouldn’t be able to do what we are doing today. It is because of the support from the community that we are able to extend this support to the community.”

Just Posted

Blackfalds RCMP investigate break and enter at Fas Gas

RCMP search for suspect who cut through an outside wall to gain access

Operating Budget focuses significantly on community safety

Proposed 2% tax increase for operating budget, debate runs in January

UPDATE: Red Deer RCMP investigate non-suspicious death downtown

48 St. behind transit terminal was closed off earlier Wednesday

Team Canada dancer returns to Red Deer laden with medals

Red Deer dancer wins three silver medals and a bronze at World Championship

Local author releases brand new international thriller

Retired teacher Larry Stewart hosting a book launch this Saturday

Troubled Monk releases new spirit

Troubled Spirit vodka was introduced in early December

Google searches suggest 2017 a tough year

What were Canadians were curious about: Google searches suggest 2017 a tough year

Democrat wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset

Democrat Doug Jones wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset against Roy Moore

New fighter-jet competition to have national ‘economic interest’ requirement

Trudeau government wants to replace Canada’s aging CF-18s with 88 new fighters by as early as 2025

The top-binged shows on Netflix in 2017

Which show did you cheat on your spouse with by watching ahead?

2017 word of the year: Feminism

Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2017: ‘Feminism’

200 Russians to compete in Olympics as neutrals

The Russian Olympic Committee expects 200 to compete in South Korea

Researchers claim the ‘man flu’ does exist

Review of scientific studies suggests ‘man flu’ may be more intense: researcher

Trudeau appoints Supreme Court chief justice

Prime Minister Trudeau appoints Richard Wagner as Supreme Court chief justice

Most Read