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.

Oktoberfest 2016 was a huge success!  We thank the following businesses and donors to our silent auction.  All funds raised stay in our community to help run programs.

In addition to the list below we would like to add:

RBC Dominion Securities:  Fidelity Investments, Mackenzie Investments, Invesco Investments

The Queen's

CIBC-Wood Gundy:  Wendy Harding, Nathan Thornton & Renaissance Investments

Long Lake Physiotherapy (Kyla Hartnell)

Mike Egan, Mark Evans, Ron Ford, Alex and Gillian Guy, Smiley Hallum and Carol Shortt


Annual General Meeting June 1st

Celebrating 25 Years in the Community  



Call NCK at 250.753.7470
or email to get involved.




Proud to be the recipient of United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island funding for programs in 2016/2017.



First_West_Foundation_Grant_2016.JPGWe thank the First West Foundation for a recent grant towards Bellies to Babies and Beyond.  Island Savings Cedar Branch Manager, Courtney Wuttunee, presents the cheque to Anita Smith, Executive Director of Nanaimo Community Kitchens Society.  Some of the program participants are shown as well.  

Thank you so much First West Foundation! 



Nanaimo Community Kitchens Society--Who We Are:


Anita Smith, Executive Director and Program Facilitator

Heidi Sinclair, Program Facilitator

Eileen Bennewith, Registered Dietitian, Island Health Liaison 

Board of Directors:

Jeri Manley, President

Mary McDaid, Vice President

Kathy Torhjelm, Treasurer

Linda Harold, Corresponding Secretary

Lorna Tissington

Joanne Swain

Chris Crabtree

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.