Our mission:  Nanaimo Community Kitchens' participants build skills, knowledge, friendships, and self-esteem while preparing low-cost healthy meals.

 What is a Community Kitchen?

A community kitchen is a group of people who get together on a regular basis to cook healthy, nutritious, meals. From recipe selection, to shopping, cooking, and clean-up, everyone participates. Within the groups, participants find fun, friendships, and the tools to stretch heir food dollars. The quantity of food that is prepared is divided among group members to take home. Community Kitchens are participant driven, with each group deciding how their kitchen operates. Food has always had the power to bring people together.

Why Join?

  •  Stretch your food dollars
  •  Learn safe food handling practices
  •  Try new recipes
  •  Cooking from scratch made easy
  •  Share your cooking skills with others
  •  Have fun while building skills and friendships
  •  Build self-esteem and confidence in planning and preparing meals

How To Get Started:

Nanaimo Community Kitchens organizes and supports individuals, community groups, or agencies in their efforts to start and maintain community kitchens in Nanaimo. Participants pay a yearly membership (sliding scale) and for the food they take home. New groups are being formed all the time so call us to find out how you might benefit from joining.


Our annual Oktoberfest Fall Fundraiser:

Save the Date:  Oktoberfest will happen on Thursday, October 3, 2019

We thank all the donors who helped to make this a success.  All funds raised stay in the community and support our programs



Check out our annual newsletter


Celebrating 28 Years in the Community    


Call NCK at 250.753.7470
or email anita.nck@shaw.ca to get involved.




Proud to be the recipient of United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island funding for programs in 2018/2019.



 Please note:  The Princess Royal Family Center has moved to 80 Chapel Street.  Bellies to Babies and Beyond is now operating at this location. 



Nanaimo Community Kitchens Society--Who We Are:


Anita Smith, Executive Director and Program Facilitator


Board of Directors:

Chris Crabtree, President

Jeri Manley, Past President

Mary McDaid, Vice President

Kathy Torhjelm, Treasurer

Joanne Swain, Recording Secretary

Linda Harold, Corresponding Secretary

Jean Blackburn, Director, NCK Privacy Officer*

Marina McLeod, Director

* For more information on our privacy policies and practices, please contact Jean Blackburn, NCK Privacy Officer, at NCKPrivacyOfficer@gmail.com


100 Meals Under a Toonie

The Nanaimo Community Kitchens' own cookbook, 100 Meals Under a Toonie per serving is a great resource. To get your copy, fill in the order form, and send back to us with payment.

This is the same great resource as Meals Under a Loonie with minor updates

Books are $8.00 each plus $4.00 postage.

Download order form.