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.


Help build a healthier community by cooking together! Nanaimo Community Kitchens Society is hiring an Executive Director to start October 15, 2019

Successful candidate will work with current Executive Director for 2 months.

Continuing Part-Time position subject to funding and satisfactory performance reviews.

 30 hours per week, 10 months per year (September – June). Flexible schedule based on operational needs.

 The Executive Director is employed by and reports to the Nanaimo Community Kitchens Society Board of Directors.

 Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Coordinate, facilitate and evaluate NCK programs, including recruitment, placement and orientation of NCK program participants in appropriate NCK programs;

Administer NCK programs, including budgeting, selection and training of staff and volunteers, record-keeping and communications.

 Develop NCK programs in consultation with the Board and based on assessment of need and opportunities to serve the Society’s goals.

 Raise funds to support NCK programs in collaboration with the Board, including maintaining relationships with external funders, writing proposals and ensuring that reports for funded projects are completed.

 Communicate regularly with the NCK Board of Directors, including attending regular meetings and providing reports on program developments and significant changes, progress, accomplishments and concerns.

 Promote NCK programs by actively maintaining a positive image of Nanaimo Community Kitchens in the community and amongst its stakeholders.


 -       At least 2 years post-secondary education; Bachelor’s degree preferred

-       3-5 years experience (paid or volunteer) in related field(s) such as

  • Nutrition / food programs
  • Social services
  • Community development
  • Group facilitation
  • Human services
  • Non-profit management

-       Nutrition knowledge informed by evidence-based science

-       Current Food Safe Level I certificate

-       Current First Aid Level I certificate

-       Current Criminal Record Check

-       Valid driver’s license and the use of a reliable vehicle

-       Computer skills including word processing, spreadsheets and facility with social media

-       Sensitive communication with people from varied cultures, socioeconomic backgrounds, and barriers.

-       Ability to collaborate with others inside and outside of the organization to develop joint solutions to problems, issues and opportunities.

-       Flexible approach to program delivery, responsive to client needs & feedback.

-       Ability to work independently within a flexible schedule.

-       Physical ability to lift, to carry and transport kitchen equipment and bags of food.

-       Client-centered, client-focused in programming and delivery to facilitate learning.

-       Responsive to client needs & feedback.

-       Strong organizational and management skills.

-       Relationship-focused with excellent interpersonal skills & conflict resolution.

-       Comfortable working in non-profit environment, reporting to Board, & working with uncertainty of ongoing funding.

-       Grant writing skills.

-       Volunteer management skills; comfortable working with volunteers.

-       Writing & presentation skills. 

 Please submit your resume & cover letter describing your experience & qualifications relevant to this position to the NCK Board at nckboarddirectors@gmail.com by August 30, 2019.  Only those shortlisted will be contacted.

   See the link below for a full job description. 




Our annual Oktoberfest Fall Fundraiser:

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

We thank all the donors who help 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