Why Start a Community Kitchen?

What is a Community Kitchen?

Community kitchens (also called “collective kitchens”) are community-based cooking programs where small groups of people come together to prepare meals and take food home to their families. In a community kitchen every member contributes by planning, preparing, and cooking food. Community kitchens are great opportunities for learning about the importance of healthy eating and developing the skills to prepare healthy and affordable meals.

Why Start a Community Kitchen?

A community kitchen can help improve food security for participants by increasing physical and economic access to adequate amounts of healthy food. By being involved in a community kitchen, participants can:

  • Learn how to prepare healthy, tasty and nutritious meals on a budget
  • Develop food knowledge and cooking skills
  • Learn to plan meals using Canada‘s Food Guide
  • Become more skilled in budgeting and shopping
  • Save money on food by learning cost-effective shopping skills
  • Try new foods
  • Take home tasty and nutritious meals
  • Learn how to read food labels
  • Build confidence cooking and feel more comfortable in the kitchen
  • Cook in a social atmosphere and meet new friends!

Source: Community Kitchen Best Practices Toolkit: A Guide for Community Organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador