The Shelbourne Community Kitchen, also referred to as ‘the Kitchen’, is a collaborative effort of three Shelbourne Valley churches—St. Luke’s Anglican, St. Aidan’s United, and Lutheran Church of the Cross—and two Community Associations, Mount Tolmie Community Association and Camosun Community Association. Our focus is to provide healthy food to those who need it in a supportive community setting.
- In kitchen programs, participants access fresh, healthy food, develop kitchen skills, meet new people and have fun.
- Our gardens are learning sites for growing food, and provide fresh produce for our programs.
- The pantry program focuses on providing healthy food choices. Participants select from a variety of non-perishables, fresh produce, and grains.
- The referral program provides information about other community, spiritual, and social programs that may be of help.
- Shelbourne Community Kitchen programs create welcoming and inclusive environments that encourage cooperation and community connectedness in positive and engaging ways.
Here are some things participants have said about the Shelbourne Community Kitchen:
“I value the sense of community. I also value that everyone is treated with dignity and respect and welcomed.”
“This program is different in that it doesn’t just feed people or give them food. It also teaches how to cook it and how to get good nutritious food at a reasonable price.”
“I was amazed at what I learned, and how tasty simple foods can taste at a very low cost.”
“Aside from feeding the physical body with nutritious foods, the emotional part of me is always feeling supported. I look forward each time to stop by, even after not needing the services right now. Thank you for all you do!”
Indigenous land acknowledgment
We acknowledge with respect and gratitude that we live and work on the traditional unceded Coast Salish Territories, specifically of the Lekwungen and W_SÁNEC peoples. We strive to honour the First Peoples of this land by ensuring that our work is respectful and inclusive. In good spirit, we hope to continue to build strong relationships and community resilience together, as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.