The Olive Tree began in 2013 as a local response to hunger insecurity within our community. Our goal was to create a community where people in need felt like they belonged. We wanted to build a place where they could connect with community support, find mentorship, and maybe even make new friends.
In the beginning, all we knew was that we needed to serve food to people in need. It seemed simple enough, but we underestimated just how big the need truly is in Lloydminster.
A lot has changed in the last eight years but our heart for the people we serve and our goal of creating a community within a community remains the same. We still believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to change and hope to be a guiding light on their path as they create a better life for themselves.
Our community meals continue to be the cornerstone of our organization and we get to serve up to 125 people, three times each week. Food rescue is our largest outreach and runs mainly behind the scenes. Through our partnerships with local grocers, restaurants, businesses and individuals we were able to distribute over $300,000 worth of food to 30 local nonprofits in 2018. Having a permanent home of our own with a large kitchen, dining room and warehouse has made all of these amazing programs possible.
There is a great need in our community for our continued support. For our guests it means continued warm meals and support system and for our community partners it means knowing they have a consistent supply of food.
Thank you for believing in us and supporting our community.