Bellies to Babies and Beyond

=Bellies to Babies and Beyond is a program for those who are pregnant, first-time parents, and young families who are economically challenged.

During the 8-week  program participants will learn about:

  • Health and nutrition
  • Smart grocery shopping 
  • How to read food labels 
  • Accessing helpful resources online 
  • Safety with knives 
  • Food safety practices
  • Community supports

At the end of the program, participants will have a kitchen handbook with recipes and nutrition information. There is limited space and participants must register for the program. Please email Maggy MacDonald at for a registration form.  



Nanaimo Community Kitchens is currently accepting applications for this program. We are alternating between in-person workshops and offering cooking kits. The healthy cooking kit will be brought to the participant's door with a recipe card and all the ingredients to make dinner that evening.

Here's what our participants have said about the program:
"Cooking is not so scary."
“I got my love for cooking back." 
"I am more confident when trying new recipes." 
"I started cooking more meals at home and being more creative." 
"I look at labels for fat, salt, and sugar."