A community kitchen is a place for people to gather and prepare meals together. Groups often meet in community facilities, such as churches, neighbourhood houses, and community centres.
Community kitchens play important roles as public facilities to:
- Prepare food as a group
- Learn and share knowledge about nutrition and cooking
- Meet new people and build community
Community kitchens provide spaces for citizens with common interests, ethno-cultural backgrounds, or health needs to come together. They can also complement activities such as community gardening, or learning a new language and about other cultures.
The City's role in community kitchens
Community kitchens are community-driven programs, and are not managed by the City.
Kitchens are supported through a combination of sources, including:
- Use of their host organization's kitchen
- Grants from the City of Vancouver or The United Way
- Other capacity-building supports
Community kitchen locations and times
There are currently at least 50 community kitchens in Vancouver.
For information about community kitchens, including locations and times, visit the Fresh Choice Kitchens website.