Our mission:  Nanaimo Community Kitchens' participants build skills, knowledge, friendships, and self-esteem while preparing low-cost healthy meals.

 What is a Community Kitchen?

A community kitchen is a group of people who get together on a regular basis to cook healthy, nutritious, meals. From recipe selection to shopping, cooking, and clean-up, everyone participates. Within the groups, participants find fun, friendships, and the tools to stretch their food dollars. The quantity of food that is prepared is divided among group members to take home. Community Kitchens are participant-driven, with each group deciding how their kitchen operates. Food has always had the power to bring people together.

Why Join?

  •  Stretch your food dollars
  •  Learn safe food handling practices
  •  Try new recipes
  •  Cooking from scratch made easy
  •  Share your cooking skills with others
  •  Have fun while building skills and friendships
  •  Build self-esteem and confidence in planning and preparing meals

How To Get Started:

Nanaimo Community Kitchens organizes and supports individuals, community groups, or agencies in their efforts to start and maintain community kitchens in Nanaimo. Participants pay a yearly membership (sliding scale) and for the food, they take home. New groups are being formed all the time so call us to find out how you might benefit from joining.


   Bellies to Babies & Beyond    


A cooking program for those in pregnancy and parents of infants 

Where: St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 100 Chapel St., Nanaimo

When: Mondays at 10:00 am—12:30 pm 

Starting: February 3, 2020 (program will continue every week except for holidays and school ProD days) 

 For more information call250-753-7470  or email nanaimocommunitykitchens@gmail.com

Registration Form: 




 Our annual Oktoberfest Fall Fundraiser October 3rd:

Our fundraiser was a success and we thank those who attended as well as our donors!

All funds raised stay in the community and support our programs

Click the link for a list of our donors:




Check out our annual newsletter


Celebrating 28 Years in the Community    


Call NCK at 250.753.7470
or email nanaimocommunitykitchens@gmail.com to get involved.





Proud to be the recipient of United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island funding for programs in 2019/2020.





Nanaimo Community Kitchens Society--Who We Are:


Heidi Sinclair, Executive Director and Program Facilitator


Board of Directors:

Chris Crabtree, President

Mary McDaid, Vice President

Kathy Torhjelm, Treasurer

Joanne Swain, Recording Secretary

Linda Harold, Corresponding Secretary

Jean Blackburn, Director, NCK Privacy Officer*

Marina McLeod, Director

* For more information on our privacy policies and practices, please contact Jean Blackburn, NCK Privacy Officer, at NCKPrivacyOfficer@gmail.com