All Souped-Up To Finish This Kitchen! Help Wisteria Community Association and Stone Soup Reach Their Goal!


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Stone Soup

Big news!

Wisteria Community Association–aka Stone Soup–has set up their kitchen operations in the Old City Quarter.

Every day for the last two and a half years, Wisteria volunteers have been preparing and delivering bagged lunches to 150+ homeless and low-income individuals in downtown Nanaimo, and beyond. With our new COVID-oriented commercial kitchen on Fitzwilliam Street, Wisteria is now able to prepare hot meals for delivery to vulnerable people in different parts of the city.

We are sincerely grateful to our partners for their generosity and continued support. This includes, Nanaimo Food Bank, Khalsa Aid Canada, Fairway Market, Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre, and Island Health. We also want to thank all of the volunteers, businesses and kind-hearted citizens who have donated so much of their time and supplies to help us help others.

Wisteria Community Association became a registered charity in 2019 and has been a member of since 2020. We provide food, friendship, and donated clothing and supplies to at-risk populations in Nanaimo, including people who are homeless, almost homeless, or street-entrenched due to poverty, racism, mental illness and/or substance use disorders.


We are also grateful to all the volunteers and businesses who have donated time and supplies.

Charity Number 786982926RR0001

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Stone Soup (Wisteria Community Association) is a volunteer-powered registered charity that provides food, friendship, and donated clothing and supplies to at-risk populations. This includes people who are homeless, almost homeless, or street-entrenched due to poverty, racism, mental illness and/or substance use disorders.

Stone Soup started in 2017. We served hot meals from our Nicol Street location but were shut down by the City in 2019 due to permit problems.

Then COVID hit, prompting Stone Soup to resurface and fill the gap that was left when service providers closed their doors or reduced access to resources. Every night since March 27, 2020, Stone Soup volunteers have been helping people on the street.

At first, we were just a handful of people and a pick-up truck, loaded with donated supplies (e.g., sandwiches made from food from the Nanaimo Food Bank and Fairway Market, coffee from McDonald’s, blankets from Khalsa Canada).

We parked in the St. Andrew’s Church parking lot until ordered to move. We then moved to the end of Robson Street but were forced to move again because of complaints from business owners and residents in the area. Finally, we were permitted to park at the end of Wesley Street, near Franklyn Street.

From the back of the Stone Soup van, purchased with donated pop cans, we handed out more than 100 bagged lunches, all the while searching for a commercial kitchen to rent so that we could start serving hot meals again. But we had no luck finding a kitchen, so we decided to build our own.

We secured a location on Fitzwilliam Street in the Old City Quarter, and collected donations and supplies from generous and caring businesses and individuals in the Nanaimo Regional area. Several building contractors donated their time and talents. And a community of volunteers worked tirelessly to transform an empty storefront into a modern, COVID-certified commercial kitchen. At the same time, government agencies and local organizations provided grants and other supports so our volunteers could continue with our outreach efforts and community vision.

We are now operating our commercial kitchen on Fitzwilliam Street 7 days a week and delivering hot food by van to four evening locations in and around downtown Nanaimo. We also share the kitchen with other organizations serving people in need.

See for yourself the transformation of the kitchen (show photos/video of the building of Stone Soup from start to finish)


Stone Soup Kitchen

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Wisteria Community Association

155 Victoria Road, Nanaimo BC

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(250) 591-6443

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