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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.
If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about the Cooking for Health & Urban Gardening Workshops, please contact Manreet Lachhar, Program Coordinator.
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.
We thank the Community Foundation of Mississauga a registered charitable public foundation serving the people of Mississauga, for its generous support via the 'Novo Nordisk Diabetes and Obesity – Healthy Mississauga Fund', which has allowed us to host cooking workshops during 2022-23 for members of vulnerable communities. These workshops teach cooking skills to participants and enable them to learn about the fundamentals of healthy cooking and eating, and its impacts on good health.