It started with what seemed like an impossible goal. Josh Miller, had the idea to collect a tonne of food and drop it off at the Mustard Seed.
In the first year they made it happen, and in year 2 and 3 they doubled that.
Now for the past eight-years, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Columbia Lodge #2 have spearheaded The Tonne of Love Campaign in support of the Mustard Seed.
However, once they established a relationship with the Mustard Seed, they learned that the real benefit would be to provide FRESH food for families.
So last week when I was talking about donating money vs cans to food banks in town, I got an email from Russ and Josh who are members of a local chapter of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows here in Victoria, who do EXACTLY that. Josh joined me in the Zone to talk about the Tonne of Love program. Click the flashy link below to listen!
In the past couple of years The Odd Fellows have partnered with local grocery stores to raise money and purchase food at cost. It has now become a $20,000 donation of fresh food for the Christmas Hamper program where over 300 families depend on for their holiday meals.
Residents can make donations until December 10th at Esquimalt and Royal Oak Country Grocer locations and on the Mustard Seed website (just make sure you select “Tonne of Love fundraiser” on step two.
Country Grocer will be matching funds up to a maximum of $3000!