Our History

Cooking together to save time and money is a very old idea. In many cultures in the past, families worked together to make meals. It was more fun and much less work.

The idea

In today's world, many people live away from their families. Cooking together may no longer be possible for them.

The first idea was to create 'cooking families' by bringing people together to make meals. With so much ready-made food, many people have gotten away from knowing how to cook. The next step was to find healthy, easy to follow recipes and to teach our families how to prepare these meals efficiently.

The start

Local churches offered the use of their kitchens for this project. Our 'cooking families' were invited to come together once a month to make meals. The program was a big hit. As well as learning how to make meals for less money, people found new friends, had fun, and felt good about the new skills and ideas they learned.


The Society

Nanaimo Community Kitchens became a Society in 1993. By becoming a registered society, we can now raise funds to pay for food costs, child minding and leadership of the cooking groups. We help low income individuals and families, who struggle to feed themselves, stretch their food dollars.


And more …

In addition to the monthly cooking groups, Nanaimo Community Kitchens Society now works with other community agencies to help clients learn to cook. For example, we work with The Good Food Box program to prepare recipes using food in the box. And we work with Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank to teach people how to use the handout to prepare healthy and easy to make meals. Other community partners include Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Center, Princess Royal Family Center, Immigrant Welcome Center, Supportive Apartment Living, Women’s Center, and Snuneymuxw First Nation.

We are celebrating 26 years of operation: