Community Profile : Stone Soup Kitchen: Community helping community
Every night volunteers with Stone Soup Kitchen, run by the Wisteria Community Association, load up their van and travel around Nanaimo to distribute food, clothing and bedding to people experiencing homelessness.
Stone Soup Kitchen has been running for three years and is funded by private donations, bottle drives and a grant from Nanaimo Foundation. Local businesses like Little George’s Pizza and Panago Pizza also donate food.
Since the dismantling of the Wesley Street ecampment, reaching all the people experiencing homelessness is a challenge. The volunteers travel to the City parks and through the downtown core to distribute needed supplies.
“People are scattered around the city and in parks,” explains Tanya Hiltz, President of Stone Soup Kitchen. “The outreach workers are great at sharing information of who is where and who needs what.”
But Hiltz is worried about the safety of the people living unsheltered since being forced to leave Wesley Street.
“People are scared. They’re not safe when they are dispersed around the City,” says Hiltz. “We have to get these people back together. We need to advocate to get a parking lot for people to camp in so they can be together.”
Stone Soup Kitchen is looking forward to opening their own kitchen in early 2021. It’s designed around COVID regulations and allows eight people to work in the kitchen at one time.
For more information about Stone Soup Kitchen and Wisteria Community Association, visit: https://wisteriacommunityassociation.com/
They’re always accepting donations. Call Tanya at 250-591-6443 or drop-off donations to 155 Victoria Rd at any time.