Mustard Seed runs a 46-bed sober shelter, soup kitchen and health centre in Riverside Meadows. (By SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

Mustard Seed Red Deer celebrates fifth anniversary July 5

Organization has provided over 270,000 lunches to children

The Mustard Seed Red Deer has been supporting central Alberta’s vulnerable population for five years.

The organization will celebrate its fifth anniversary in Red Deer on July 5.

“We are so thankful that we have been able to care for so many families and individuals across central Alberta over these past five years,” said Byron Bradley, managing director of central Alberta, the Mustard Seed Red Deer.

In the past five years, the organization has provided over 270,000 lunches to children in the school lunch program and served more than 245,000 meals to those experiencing poverty and homelessness. It has also provided more than 13,000 health and wellness services to people in need and received more than 41,000 volunteer hours from generous people in the community.

“Many people rely on us as a support system, and we can only care for them because you support us,” said Bradley. “Thank you for enabling us to care for all those impacted by poverty, who come to us looking for hope and support.”