Soup cooking began in May
The Raw Carrot began cooking soup at its Kitchener location on May 7, 2018. On Mondays and Tuesdays, we would love some volunteers to join us for an hour or two in the mornings to support staff and contribute to a welcoming work environment while we chop vegetables and make soup! Or join us in the afternoon to package the soup! We also welcome those who don’t want to cook, but would like to help sell soup after church on Sundays! Four flavours of soup are cooked every Monday and Tuesday. These soups are available for sale on Sundays after church. For more info and to sign up, please contact Jenn Klassen. Thanks!
The back story
On Sunday, January 21, 2018 Stirling was introduced to its two ministry partners in a social enterprise called The Raw Carrot. Participating in both worship and faith formation were representatives from The Raw Carrot and from Mennonite Central Committee Ontario.
The program, which began in Paris, Ontario, provides meaningful employment and livelihood security to individuals on social assistance who want to, and can, work. The vehicle through which this happens is the preparation, cooking and sales of handcrafted gourmet soup in local communities.
See some YouTube videos about The Raw Carrot. The first video is a CTV profile on the program and the other short videos feature individuals who are working in the program which now operates not only from Paris, but also from Mount Forest, Ontario.
Also see the article in the December 19, 2017 issue of The Record which reports on Stirling as the third location for the program which later launched in May of 2018.
In the news again! The Raw Carrot has recently been featured in The Record and the Kitchener Post, sharing how the program has provided impactful employment opportunities for those on social assistance.