Kitsilano Community Café
Launching in November 2018, this café-style free community meal is hosted at the Kitsilano Neighbourhood House on Friday evenings (5:30-7:00pm) as a collaboration between five congregations: Christ Church Cathedral, City Life Church, Lord’s Grace Church, Redemption Church, and Tenth Church. We welcome more volunteers and financial support, so give us a call or connect with our coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since 2013 Planted has helped to launch and/or manage 8 community kitchens in churches, community centres, and social housing complexes across Vancouver. We don’t have any operating at the moment, but chances are we can connect you to one near you that is operated by one of the organizations we admire. And if you’d like to explore starting one, we can help!
Community kitchens are small groups of up to 12 people who come together 2-4 times per month to prepare and eat a meal, to learn about nutrition and diverse cuisines, to gain confidence in the kitchen, and to form enduring friendships.
We recruit low-income participants otherwise forced into a passive role of relying on food banks, sandwich lines, and soup kitchens. Some are homeless, many are seniors, most have a disability or chronic condition, all are lonely and malnourished.
Each community kitchen group plans their meals and objectives around their specific interests. Yet our common goal for all groups is that each participant would be nurtured into a strengthening conviction that they have gifts and talents to offer each other and the broader community. The kitchens act as springboards for participants to take more active roles in other charitable food programs they are accessing and to initiate new food security programs however small or experimental.
A movement is only as good as the people behind it. At Planted, our partners rely on people like you to help them grow, prepare, serve and distribute food, as well as build nourishing, equitable communities.
If you’re passionate about helping people and love food, there’s a spot for you.