Frequently Asked Questions



Where will the new Kitchen be located?  7229 5th Street in Grand Forks, B.C.

7229 5th St 

What will be your open hours for the Courtesy Kitchen?           

Monday – Friday, 8am-2pm 

Exceptions for holidays, occasional evening meetings, and special events


What does Courtesy Kitchen mean?

We will always have a courtesy meal available by donation, or free to anyone in need. We encourage all to act politely and respectfully in attitude and behaviour towards others. 


Is there a public washroom at the Courtesy 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

See our Posted Rules page.


Is the Courtesy 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 Courtesy 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.


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.


Are you able to cook food on site?  YES

We are not allowed to deep fry, pan fry, or grill, as it could create smoke or grease-laden vapours. Meals are prepared onsite, and we have limited our menu offerings to accommodate this. 


Do tax dollars pay for the Courtesy Kitchen?     NO

We receive substantial community gaming grants, which are generated from gambling revenues and made available to registered non-profits (not guaranteed). The rest of our income is generated internally through the community’s generous donations to our local Thrift Store, and fundraising initiatives. 


Do volunteers have criminal background checks?   NO

Only staff positions are subject to criminal background checks at this time.


Why was it called a Community Kitchen in the past?         

While there are many interpretations out there, for us Community Kitchen meant everyone is welcome to participate. We’ve always served 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.


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.