Community Kitchens will be starting after Christmas in the following communities;
Kegaska, Harrington Harbour, Chevery, La Tabatiere, Tête a la Baleine, St. Augustine, Bonne Esperance, Blanc Sablon and possibility La Romaine
Funding was granted to the Coasters Association to implement the project “Sharing the table nourishes the body, mind & spirit”. The project aims to permit seniors, persons with a loss of autonomy and other community members of the Lower North Shore to participate in community kitchens, given that the communities are isolated, access to nutritional food is limited and the cost is 50% more compared to communities situated in an urban environment.
The implementation of this project permits a large number of people to participate in community kitchen cooking activities, to receive education around nutrition and healthy lifestyle habits, as well as breaking isolation among participants, specifically the more vulnerable in the community.
This project was funded by the Conférence Régionale des Élus de la Côte-Nord and is managed by the Coasters Association (fiduciary), in partnership with the CSSS de la Basse-Côte-Nord, the Littoral School Board Community Learning Centres and the CLD de la Basse-Côte-Nord.
A community kitchen is a community-based cooking program where small groups of people come together to prepare meals, cook and take food home to their families. In a community kitchen every member contributes by planning, preparing, and cooking the food. Community kitchens are great opportunities for learning about the importance of healthy eating and developing the skills to prepare healthy and affordable meals. A community kitchen is open to all people who are interested in healthy eating and in having a better quality of life for themselves and their family. A community kitchen aims to satisfy economical (savings), nutritional (eat well) and social needs (meeting new people).
Community kitchen activities may include parents who meet to learn about and prepare healthy snacks and meals for their children; seniors who cook together as a group through their local clubs and/or the Day Centres for seniors and persons with a loss of autonomy, to prepare nutritious meals that they may take home to enjoy throughout the week. It can also benefit existing groups such as the Basse-Côte-Nord en Forme program, who could use the community kitchen for healthy eating activities with youth; as well as new groups i.e. adults who might like to learn about and share recipes and cooking practices that will help prevent and address personal health related issues (i.e. high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, etc.).
“This project is a true example of Lower North Shore mobilization, demonstrating how local and regional partnerships help strengthen solidarity, by building upon existing programming and spaces for the benefit of all members of the community young and old”, says Ana Osborne, CSL CLC Development Agent.
For more information about the project or to obtain the name of the local resource persons for your community, please contact Priscilla Griffin @ the Coasters Association: 418-379-2006 ext: 228.