There are many city-affiliated community kitchens across the city in neighbourhood houses and community centres, as well as non-city affiliated kitchens in churches and in social agencies.
Publicly accessible kitchens are an important resource for:
- Supporting community education
- Social connections
- Skills and leadership training
- Community development
- Access to food
Community kitchens are used in many ways including:
- Food skills and educational programming: Teaching and practicing food preparation, healthy eating, and preservation skills
- Meal provision and food service: Serving senior’s lunches, after school snacks, or on-site event catering
- Food rescue: Receiving large quantities of produce and processing into other foods such as soup, jams, juice, and dried veggies
- Social ventures and small businesses: Selling to farmers’ market vendors or making small scale jam and baking
- Community celebrations and gatherings: Serving neighbourhood parties and holiday celebrations
This toolkit of resources and best practices will support community programmers to engage community members through kitchens and food-based programming.
These guidelines can be used when renovating an existing publicly-accessible kitchen or designing a new kitchen.
This bulletin provides clarification on the administration of community food markets and rentals of kitchens in social service-type facilities.
The Greater Vancouver Food Bank provides support and resources to partners.
These networks offer food skills training.
Many offer cooking classes.