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Mustard Seed Kamloops had a very successful start to their Meal Sponsorship Program today.
Staff from Urban Systems as well as members of the Kamloops Alliance Church came in to serve meals to around 100 residents experiencing poverty and homelessness.
Diane Down, the Managing Director of the Mustard Seed New Life Community, explained she was very excited about how the start of the program went and loves when the community gives back.
"The community isn't flourishing until everybody is flourishing," said Down. "It's great that we, frankly living the life of privilege, can flourish, but until we're helping other people flourish then our whole community isn't going to flourish."
"If we get people with food in their bellies, that is a success. If we get people connected to their community and feeling like they're making a tangible difference, absolutely that's a success."
Down adds that the idea of bringing groups in to sponsor meals isn't new, but it is a chance to really make a connection with the community.
"The easy way would be to just sponsor a meal, the more awesome way would provide opportunities for organizations to send a team and they can actually participate in serving the meal, get to know our organization a little bit better, great team building opportunity, and an opportunity to really feel like they're making a tangible contribution to what we do here at the Mustard Seed."
The Meals Sponsorship program is open to any organization or group who wants to give back locally. A $1000 donation will provide lunch to guests, plus the opportunity for tams to have a tour of the Outreach Centre and help serve the meals and connect with guests.
Residents and groups interested in signing up for the Meal Sponsorship program can do so by calling Volunteer Coordinator Katrina Mckinley at (250)682-6544 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.