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This presentation provides an overview of resources and information available to those who run or who are starting to run a community kitchen. The focus of the presentation are the resources …

This presentation provides an overview of resources and information available to those who run or who are starting to run a community kitchen. The focus of the presentation are the resources available on the Fresh Choice Kitchens website and blog, but other sources of information are also mentioned.


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  • Purpose of my talk today is to show you resources and information to help you run your community kitchen
  • My focus is going to be on the Internet and our website
  • I’ll also talk to you and show you our blog. For those of you who don’t know what a blog is- I’ll go into it in more detail later
  • All of these you’ll find in our CK Toolkit. Combination of handouts Diane has created as well as handouts that other community kitchens have created.
  • Now you are ready to get cooking
  • You can also see what’s new by looking at our home page. You’ll see it under “Latest News from Our Blog”
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    • 1. Finding Resources & Information for Your Community Kitchen
    • 2. Fresh Choice Kitchens Website http://www.communitykitchens.ca
    • 3. Fresh Choice Kitchens Blog http://communitykitchens.wordpress.com
    • 4. Tools & Resources to help you: 1. Get Started 2. Get Cooking 3. Add Pizzazz 4. Follow Up & Evaluate 5. Expand your network
    • 5. 1. Get Started  Getting Funding  Getting Organized/ Administration  Getting Equipment  Getting Food  Be Safe
    • 6. Getting Funding How to find out about Grants 1. Fresh Choice website/blog
    • 7. Getting Funding cont’d  Grant Writing Tips  Tips from online sources listed on our site  Include Statistics  Of your community or neighbourhood (BCStats or Statistics Canada, Vancouver Foundation’s Vital Signs)  Include Evaluations/Followup with your participants (more info later in presentation….)  Books on Grant writing from the Library
    • 8. Getting Funding cont’d How to find out about Grants 1. Fresh Choice website/blog 2. Email lists  Fresh Choice Kitchens e-list  Other e-lists
    • 9. Information Updates from the BC Rural Network and Rural Team BC Brandon Hughes, Regional Advisor in the Rural Secretariat, Government of Canada has created an email list with information of funding opportunities. To subscribe: Email Brandon at brandon.hughes@telus.net Listed under British Columbia…
    • 10. Getting Organized Community Kitchen Toolkit  Basic Steps  Meeting; Guidelines  Staffing  Job postings, finding volunteers  Program Manuals/Educator Training Tools  Ck Manuals  Administration  Sign in sheets; Cleanup sheets  Advertising/Recruiting participants
    • 11. Getting Equipment  Your own equipment drive  sample posters in our toolkit  Fresh Choice Kitchens Equipment Room  Thrift stores, auction houses  How to prevent missing equipment
    • 12. Getting Food  letter of support to grocery stores  local food banks  Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society - Vancouver, North Shore, New Westminster and Burnaby  Food Banks Canada website for directory of food banks (http://www.foodbankscanada.ca)  community gardens, fruit tree projects  Bulk purchasing, Good Food Box  Quest Food Exchange  Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, the Tri-cities and Maple Ridge.
    • 13. Be Safe - Food Safety  FOODSAFE.CA  Regular courses (BC locations)  Online courses  Fresh Choice Kitchens (Vancouver; sliding scale)  Contact your local health authority  Environmental Health dept  Food Safety Handouts & Websites  CK Toolkit  Food Safety Network  Toll-free; Website; email questions
    • 14. Be Safe - Fire and Injury  Fire safety & Fire extinguishers  Local fire department for classes & further info  First Aid  Classes via local fire department, St. John’s Ambulance, school board  Have a First Aid Kit
    • 15. Tools & Resources to help you: 1. Get Started 2. Get Cooking
    • 16. 2. Get Cooking  Participants feedback & input  Cookbooks or cooking magazines  your own (e.g. Many Hands)  library  Internet  101cookbooks.com  Epicurious.com  Allrecipes.com (adjusts serving sizes)  Allows searching by ingredient, dietary restrictions
    • 17. 2. Get Cooking – cont’d  Understanding Allergies/Food Substitutions  Canadian Food Inspection Agency website  Dietitian Services at HealthLink BC  Website  Ph: 8-1-1  National Organizations: e.g. Canadian Celiac Association  Books/Cookbooks
    • 18. 2. Get Cooking – cont’d  Who buys what  Who makes what  Worksheet for dividing responsibilities (shopping, cleaning etc)  Grocery List  COMMUNITY KITCHEN TOOLKIT
    • 19. Tools & Resources to help you: 1. Get Started 2. Get Cooking 3. Add Pizzazz
    • 20. 3. Add Pizzazz  Handouts  nutrition handouts; food labelling, food safety,  Multilingual information (ESL/New immigrants/Low literacy)  pictures of ingredients; handouts in other languages  Available from our Tools & Resources Database
    • 21. Add Pizzazz cont’d  Handouts  Save-on-Food Tours
    • 22. Food Skills for Familes  Funded by BC Healthy Living Alliance - Healthy Eating Strategy  Led by Canadian Diabetes Association  Low income, First Nations, Punjabi, New Immigrant communities  6 session hands-on cooking class
    • 23. Add Pizzazz cont’d  Have an Online Presence  Post recipes, events  e.g. Facebook, Blog  Richmond - Chowtimes.com  Family Services of Greater Vancouver – Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/FSGV- Community-Kitchens/105262542837609
    • 24. Tools & Resources to help you: 1. Get Started 2. Get Cooking 3. Add Pizzazz 4. Follow Up & Evaluate
    • 25. 4. Follow up and Evaluate Why?  Evidence of Benefits to Funders & Your Organization  Participants Feedback  Help you fine-tune your CK How?  Examples of Evaluation forms in our CK Toolkit
    • 26. Tools & Resources to help you: 1. Get Started 2. Get Cooking 3. Add Pizzazz 4. Follow Up & Evaluate 5. Expand your network
    • 27. 5. Expand your Network  Visit other CKs in your area  Talk to CKs with similar target groups By……
    • 28. Expand your Network cont’d  Join Email lists  Grants  Volunteers  Courses/Workshops  Latest issues
    • 29. Fresh Choice E-list & Newsletter E-list  Regional  specifically geared to those involved in cooking programs  Sent out usually once-a-week (depending on the announcements) Newsletter  Provincial  Theme issues  Includes scaled recipes scaled to accommodate large groups  Sent out bi- monthly (once every other month)
    • 30. Expand your Network cont’d  Participate in CK Roundtable  Take workshops and courses
    • 31. Blog http://communitykitchens.wordpress.com blog website “web log” or Diary More interactive; More personal
    • 32. We Need You  Tools & Resources  Did your kitchen create a manual or have handouts that you you’d like to share with others?  Do you know of a great website or cookbook that we should list?  Community Kitchen Directory  Would you like us to include your kitchen in our directory?  Your Feedback  Website, Newsletter  Comment on our Blog  Follow us on Twitter  Be a Fan on Facebook
    • 33. Thank you  Diane Collis, Manager  cooking@foodbank.bc.ca  604-216-2324  Darlene Tanaka, Coordinator  darlenet@foodbank.bc.ca  604-216-2325  Shona Lam  shonal@foodbank.bc.ca