Cooking out of the Box

Our program called Cooking Out Of The Box (COB) provides support for low-income individuals by increasing access to nutritious fresh food. The program is based on the Canada Food Guide’s recommendation to increase fruit and vegetable consumption. Not only do participants learn healthy low-cost recipes that they will be able to make over and over again, but they also learn important nutrition information.
COB teaches healthy, low-cost recipes and provides nutrition information through in-person and virtual cooking classes. COB also addresses food security, wellness, and community connection. NCKS collaborates with schools, social housing buildings, and other agencies to offer the program. We have expanded their services to include a school cooking kit program, cooking workshops at affordable housing, and monthly workshops on ethnic vegan cooking. The program helps alleviate the financial strain of food expenses and focuses on supporting better health, nutrition, and personal wellness for marginalized community members. Nanaimo Community Kitchens Society offers various programs that promote economical, nutritious food and build food preparation skills. Our organization continues to serve vulnerable community members, and their programs are accessible to diverse populations, regardless of age, ability, income, or other factors.


Sessions are free but limited in space. Please phone Heidi at 250-753-7470 for more information, or email:

We have expanded our Cooking Out Of The Box program to include schools:

Cooking Out Of The Box In Schools is an engaging and hands-on cooking program designed specifically for elementary school students in Nanaimo. This program aims to promote healthy eating habits and teach essential cooking skills while incorporating the principles of the Canada Food Guide. Through interactive cooking sessions, recipe exploration, and food education, students will gain a deeper understanding of nutrition, foster creativity, and develop a lifelong love for cooking.

Hands-on Cooking Sessions: Students actively participate in cooking sessions, where they learn practical skills such as chopping, measuring ingredients, and following recipes. These hands-on experiences empower students to develop their culinary abilities and instill confidence in the kitchen.

Recipe Exploration: The program introduces students to a variety of recipes inspired by the Canada Food Guide. Students have the opportunity to explore diverse ingredients, experiment with flavors, and discover the importance of incorporating different food groups into their meals.

Nutrition Education: Alongside the cooking activities, students learn about the principles of the Canada Food Guide and the importance of balanced nutrition. They discover how different foods contribute to their overall well-being, energy levels, and growth.