The Mustard Seed has raised more than 40,000 pounds of food and more than $42,000, as part of its annual Pie-Off Challenge, but ultimately fell short of its $100,000 and 100,000 pounds of food goal.
“It’s fantastic. We rely on community support and to receive such an abundance at this time of year is critical in setting us up for success for a very busy time of year,” said Allan Lingwood, interim executive director of the Mustard Seed.
“It’s good to have goals, but we were very similar to what was brought in last year.”
As part of the annual competition, the organization challenged members of the community to raise funds and food to help stock shelves until the Mustard Seed’s next big fundraising push in the spring.
More than 50 businesses, organizations and schools were involved in this year’s fundraising effort.
Lambrick Park Secondary School made the largest donation this year with more than $7,400 worth of funds and food, followed by a team at Remax Camosun, who raised more than $6,000.
Victoria councillor Charlayne Thornton-Joe was awarded most enthusiastic supporter. She volunteered to be pied every day during the challenge.