What is a Community Kitchen?
While there are many interpretations out there, for us it means everyone is welcome to participate. We serve anyone in our community wanting a meal, not just the homeless or downtrodden. We encourage people to donate where possible, and we encourage people help out when possible.
Where will the new Kitchen be located? 7229 5th Street in Grand Forks, B.C.
When will the Kitchen open? TBA
We are working with the community to set this location up for success. We still have some meetings and renovations to complete before we can open to the public.
We expect to be providing services again this Spring. Renovations are taking longer than expected, but don’t fret, things are moving along and we will be open this summer!
What will be your open hours for the Community Kitchen?
Monday – Friday, 8am-2pm
Exceptions for holidays, occasional evening meetings, and special events
Is there a public washroom at the Community Kitchen? YES
As well as internet and a public phone.
Is drug use allowed on your property? NO
Illegal activity is not tolerated, and some incidents may require RCMP involvement.
Is smoking allowed on your property? NO
New to this location, absolutely no smoking is allowed on the premises.
Are there posted rules, and what are they? YES
- “Please treat other guests and volunteers with respect. Course language, aggressive or abusive behaviour will not be tolerated, and you will be asked to leave the premises.”
- “We ask that anyone on the premises: treat others with respect; remain courteous and kind; please aid in the cleanliness and positive contribution of the space.”
- “We have the right to refuse service to anyone, and may ask you to leave the premises.”
- Breaking the law is not posted, however implied and enforced
Is the Community Kitchen wheel chair accessible? YES
Ramps are available at the street corner and into the front door; washroom is accessible.
Is there parking for everyone at the Community Kitchen? YES
Signage will indicate to park at Selkirk College. We plan to mark 2 spaces in front of the building for handicap accessibility. Guests will still need to use the nearby street corner to access our ramp. We will discourage parking in the residential areas and enforce absolutely no parking in the one-way road.
Has the Community Kitchen gathered statistic about Guests in the past? NO
We have tracked number of meals distributed, but no other data around who ate it.
We have developed a new Host position and system to gather more insight into our Guests while maintaining respect to privacy.
How big is the Kitchen capacity? Will there be people waiting to get inside?
30 max (incl. workers)
Average 60 meals/day was our peak usage in 2017; these numbers are generally staggered throughout the day. Our last kitchen had a dining capacity of about 20 people. Some stay and socialize, others choose to have meals to-go, and our Host is available to expedite service and keep traffic flowing.
Do tax dollars pay for the Community Kitchen? NO
We have received substantial community gaming grants from the government, which are generated from gambling revenues and available to registered non-profits (however not guaranteed). Most of our income is generated internally through the communities generous donations to our local Thrift Store, and fundraising initiatives.
Do volunteers have criminal background checks? NO
While staff positions are subject to criminal background checks, no volunteer roles are.