Wisteria Community Association (WCA), also known as Stone Soup, is a registered charity (2019) powered by volunteers. A member of FoodRescue.ca since 2020, WCA provides food, friendship, and donated clothing and supplies to vulnerable populations in Nanaimo, including people who are homeless, almost homeless, or street-entrenched due to poverty, racism, mental illness and/or substance use disorders.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, WCA has been delivering bagged lunches to 150+ homeless and low-income individuals nightly, from 6-8pm, in various locations. To date we have given out close to 52,000 meals. Our goal, however, is to begin preparing hot meals from our COVID-oriented commercial kitchen in the Old City Quarter and distributing them by van to people we serve in and around the downtown area, and beyond.
We have been working hard to get our kitchen properly outfitted and up to code for over a year. And we are close to realizing our dream. We are currently in the Paint and Flooring Stage, which will take six days to complete. We will then spend the nex
setting up counters and equipment, and managing the remaining tasks needed to launch into hot meal preparation.
We are grateful to all of our partner organizations who have helped us help others over the last two years. These include Island daily Deals. FoodRescue.ca, Nanaimo Food Bank, Khalsa Aid Canada, Fairway Market, Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre, and Island Health.
We are also grateful to all the volunteers and businesses who have donated time and supplies.
Charity Number 786982926RR0001