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Welcome to our 

Community Kitchen!

 

The Community Teaching Kitchen at Seva Food Bank - Malton is directed by our belief that no one should ever go hungry in our community. Over the years at the food bank, we have noticed some clients ask only for frozen meals or canned goods. We discovered that some people grew up in such difficult circumstances that they never really learned how to cook or could not find the time. Or that they were so new to Canada, that so much of the good food we had available was foreign to them.

 

The Community Teaching Kitchen allows us to host interactive cooking classes facilitated by a professional Culinary Chef. Clients have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of cooking while meeting new people. Our long term goal is to create positive impact on food security for families and individuals in our community. With the support of our partners, community members and employees, we engage clients in learning how to cook simple and nutritious meals using affordable ingredients provided at the food bank. We aspire to work towards a measurable reduction in food insecurity while promoting healthy and culturally-appropriate food to meet the diverse needs of our clientele.

 

Our Kitchen is fully certified and also available for rent for a nominal fee. You are required to have your Food Handler’s certificate and your own liability insurance. We will ask you to review and sign our Liability Waiver and Kitchen Terms of Use document.

 

If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about the Cooking for Health & Urban Gardening Workshops, please contact Kate Vinokurov, Program Coordinator.

 

coordinator@sevafoodbank.com

905.361.7382 x 109

 

Cooking for Health & Urban Gardening

Our Community Teaching Kitchen regularly organizes workshops that teach fundamentals of cooking to our clients. We aim and hope to create a long term, positive impact on food security for families and individuals in our community. The Cooking for Health and Urban Gardening workshop series provided by the Seva Food Bank in 2021 was offered to participants virtually, via the Zoom platform. 

We worked with a professional chef to offer virtual cooking classes to help community members and food bank users experiencing or are at risk of diabetes or obesity. The sessions were live-streamed and recorded. Resources are available online for general audience, particularly families experiencing poverty or hunger have an opportunity to learn how to make healthy meals.  
 

Urban Gardening workshops aimed to educate our food bank community on growing and harvesting food. An on-site demonstration garden

showcases how residents can grow good food within their own homes. It also address the simple techniques which can be followed to not only incorporate local food into a healthy diet; but also supplement the increasing costs of food through the use of preservation techniques. 

Seva Food Bank gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the 'Pendle Fund' and the 'Novo Nordisk Diabetes and Obesity – Healthy Mississauga Fund' at the Community Foundation of Mississauga, a registered charitable public foundation serving the people of Mississauga.

Community Education

 Our Community Teaching Kitchen has engaged services of a professional chef who uses nutritious items in the food bank to prepare healthy meals on a lean budget. Client families receive Recipe Cards on their visit to the Food Bank which includes information to the video link, ingredients and cooking instructions. Want to  cook simple and nutritious meals? 

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of United Way Food Systems Grant that enabled us to focus on community education. Through the production of these videos, we are able to creatively connect residents living in Mississauga, Ontario, with nutritious, culturally appropriate and affordable food.