Bellies to Babies and Beyond

COVID-19 Update: Our Organization continues to closely monitor the evolving situation related to COVID-19. We have adapted our programs to meet the current social distancing and health and safety guidelines provided by the Government.

Because of this, we have canceled all of our in-person community kitchen workshops and have moved our workshops online. We are also offering Healthy Meal Kits for low-income families and individuals that can be cooked at home. The meal kits are free for participants and focus on quick, healthy, and affordable meals. We are offering this program in partnership with the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre. If you would like to learn more about how to access our Healthy Meal Kit program please email us at

Bellies to Babies and Beyond is a 10-week program for those who are pregnant, first-time parents, and young families who are economically challenged.

During the program participants will learn about:

  • Health and nutrition
  • Smart grocery shopping 
  • How to read food labels 
  • Accessing helpful resources online 
  • Safety with knives 
  • Food safety practices
  • Community supports

At the end of the program, participants will have a kitchen handbook with recipes and nutrition information. There is limited space and participants must register for the 10-week program. 



Nanaimo Community Kitchens is currently accepting applications for this program. Our program start date is Monday, October 19th and the program will run every Monday for 10 weeks until December 21st.  Alice Wyche who is a Registered Dietitian will be our program facilitator. Due to social distancing guidelines, we will be offering this program virtually. Each Monday, a healthy meal kit will be brought to the participant door with a recipe card and all the ingredients to make dinner that evening. Those registered will have the option to connect with Alice over zoom as they make the meal.  If you are interested please print off the attached form and follow the instructions provided.  

Participants say:
"Cooking is not so scary."
“I got my love for cooking back." 
"I am more confident when trying new recipes." 
"I started cooking more meals at home and being more creative." 
"I look at labels for fat, salt and sugar."

Registration Form- virtual B2B .pdf