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Community Chop & Chat

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There is no cost for this event but donations are welcome. We'll gather on Wednesday evenings, from 6pm to 8:30pm, to learn food skills, share stories and make meals together. Everyone will return home with food. We'll have frozen meals to heat up if anyone is hungry. Participants can bring a knife, cutting board, apron, and food containers. We'll have extras on hand. Our short term goal is to learn food skills and have fun.

THE SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND SPACE MAY BE LIMITED. Dates are posted in the column on the left hand side of this page.

Registration: To reserve your spot and stay informed of any changes, register by e-mailing community_gathering@outlook.com to receive the registration link. We welcome drop ins, but we cannot gaurantee a spot. If you have friends and neighbours who need help with registration, they can drop in to the Tech Cafe (Fri), Community Support (Tues & Thu) and the Community Resource Centre (Mon, Wed & Fri). 

Long term we hope to make and sell frozen meals through our Friday Community Kitchen and to provide discounted meals to the Food Bank and other organizations serving low income populations. Check back in for updates as this program evolves.

Volunteer Guest Cooks - We welcome guest cooks! You want to provide food skills and have fun with your community. We will work out a date, and you will coordinate with our cook, who will purchase the food and be on hand as a Food Safe expert. Our preference would be for nutritional meals that can be put in the freezer, and that can be substituted with vegan and gluten free options, but are not limited to such.

Youth Involvement - We welcome youth and their families to join in growing their food and interpersonal skills. 

Child Minding - The Community Hall and the Health Centre welcome caregivers and child care services to coordinate child care at the hall. Check with the hall to see if space is available and to make arrangements. 

Events & Activities - The Community Hall and the Health Centre would welcome guests hosts to lead other activities such as games, arts and crafts, during the chop & chat. 

Food Preferences and Dietary Needs - We can accomodate vegan, vegetarian and gluten free. 

This program is made possible with a grant from Island Health.