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Local Group moving forward on plans for a Community Kitchen

November 19, 2021

On November 17, 2021 the Gananoque and Area Food Access Network’s Community Kitchen Workgroup welcomed over 20 participants to an online presentation and update on their efforts to establish a permanent community kitchen in Gananoque.

The group, known in short as G&AFAN, heard from 131 residents in a survey conducted earlier this year to determine interest in using a community kitchen. The results showed interest in using a kitchen for a variety of purposes including to learn and practice new food skills, to prepare and share a meal with others, to prepare meals for any who could use one, for use by food production entrepreneurs and for processing or repacking food for the food bank.

Community volunteers and leaders, representatives from community agencies and groups, faith communities, educators, food entrepreneurs, a local farmer, service clubs and social service and health providers attended the recent online presentation. In addition to reporting on the survey results, G&AFAN summarized the evidence on the value of a community kitchen and discussed potential costs and infrastructure needs. Essential pieces required to move forward include such things as a “banker” or agency/group that could apply and manage funding grants, a partner who could issue tax receipts for donations, a safe, accessible and welcoming location and community commitment including letters of support and an increased community kitchen workgroup membership. 

It was evident that people remain enthusiastic and interested in this project and that G&AFAN is willing to keep it moving forward.

For additional information contact Marian McLeod at [email protected] or Marie Traynor at [email protected] or 1-800-660-5853 extension 2219.

Contact

The Health Unit is one of many G&AFAN Network members. For media interviews, contact Marie Traynor at [email protected] or 1-800-660-5853 extension 2219.