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 Oktoberfest Fundraiser was a success.  We thank the following individuals, businesses, and donors who made this possible.  We could not do this without your support and value you all as community partners. 


 Celebrating 26 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 2017/2018.



 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

Heidi Sinclair, Program Facilitator


Board of Directors:

Jeri Manley, President

Mary McDaid, Vice President

Kathy Torhjelm, Treasurer

Linda Harold, Corresponding Secretary

Joanne Swain

Chris Crabtree

Jean Blackburn

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.