A program in Kitchener is helping to create meaningful jobs for people who have struggled to find traditional employment.
Three people, who are on the Ontario Disability Support Program, are now working part-time thanks to The Raw Carrot.
The handcrafted gourmet soups are now available for sale at Farm Boy in Kitchener and Full Circle Foods.
"It’s huge," said one of the employees.
"I've learned that I'm capable of having a job again. It just makes me get up and go everyday."
The program, which is a partnership between Mennonite Central Committee, The Raw Carrot Soup Enterprise and Stirling Mennonite Church, has been up and running since the spring.
The soup is prepared in the kitchen at Stirling Mennonite Church.
"They are proud of the soup and it is good - they make good soup!" said Jenn Klassen, who manages the operation at MCC and leads the team of three, plus a rotating crew of volunteers.
Similar programs are also operating in Paris and Mount Forest.