The cookies, dessert bars and meat pies at The Mindful Mouthful have a delicious twist! They are hand-made locally by uniquely abled adults from the Clements Centre for Community Living. These talented individuals are on a mission to promote consciousness and celebrate their ability to work and earn a living.
Before becoming The Mindful Mouthful, the project was known as Lunch on Clements, a volunteer program where people learned new skills in a teaching kitchen. Participants sold baked goods that were not only delicious but in high demand. In 2014, the Executive Director of the Clements Centre had the idea that this could turn this into a viable business with paid employees.
In 2016, with the support of Enterprising Non-Profits, Restauranteur Andrew Moyer from Ottavio Italian Bakery & Delicatessen, and a three-year grant from the Vancouver Foundation, the dream became a reality. Now in its fourth year, the program continues with 19 paid employees.
“The bakers are proud of themselves when they complete daily tasks and it generates excitement as well as personal independence,” says Cookie Facilitator Morgan Newington. “When customers purchase packs of cookies, meat pies or sausage rolls, a bio pic is included on one of the bakers. This gives a face to the story of how the product was created”.
The next time you want a fresh batch of sensational sweets and savoury delights contact The Mindful Mouthful to place an order. Their products are available at their kitchen on 5856 Clements Street in Duncan, The Chemainus Health Food Store, The Old Farm Market in Duncan and Great Greens on Koksilah Road. By making a conscious decision when choosing your food, local residents can make a difference in the lives of many with The Mindful Mouthful!
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