Small Ideas: $10,000

Description

OVER FOUR MILLION CANADIANS STRUGGLE WITH FOOD INSECURITY. THE IMPACT ON THEIR HEALTH AND WELL-BEING IS SERIOUS.
Bissell Centre has been serving people experiencing poverty and/or homelessness in the Edmonton area for the last 108 years. We will be adding a Community Kitchen in our new Community Space (formerly Drop-In Centre) which will allow us to build skills, improve health and foster relationships through cooking classes, workshops and community meals.

1 IN 8 HOUSEHOLDS IN CANADA IS FOOD INSECURE.
People have lost the skills, knowledge and confidence to grow, cook and choose healthy food (1). People living in food-insecure households are more likely to suffer from poorer physical and mental health. Without the skills and confidence to choose and cook healthy food, people are sometimes forced to spend their limited incomes on expensive pre-cooked meals. It is not uncommon for our newly-housed clients to have to choose between paying rent and buying food.
Bissell Centre’s Community Kitchen will help hundreds of individuals gain the skills and confidence to make healthy and affordable meals. We will run a variety of programs that meet people where they are at, such as a maintaining housing workshop that will support newly-housed participants to maintain and use their kitchen space. In addition, people living on low incomes are six times more likely to experience social isolation (2). Our Community Kitchen will also be a space that builds health and connection through hands-on cooking experiences, food skills lessons and sharing a meal together.
Sources used:
1. cfccanada.ca/en/Learn/The-Issues
2. cfccanada.ca/en/Learn/Resource-Library/Resource-Categories/food-skills-programs


PROGRAMS TO BE OFFERED

Collective Kitchen - Workshops about meal planning, grocery shopping and cooking. Participants will create meals to take home with them

Maintaining Housing - Kitchen Workshop - Newly-housed participants will learn how to maintain a kitchen in their own space

Farm to Table Workshop - Using resources from our own community garden, participants will be taught skills to prepare and preserve produce harvested from the garden

Food Safety Training - Participants will learn proper food safety and hygiene training that can be used when applying for jobs through Bissell Centre's Employment Services

Cultural Meals: Sharing Traditions - A variety of different cultures will be explored through preparing traditional meals together. The goal is to foster cultural knowledge and understanding amongst our community
Bissell Centre's Community Kitchen is part of a larger renovation project of the Community Space that saw the former drop-in location completely upgraded to provide better access to services for community members. The renovation allowed us to integrate a new service model with increased programming and an easier access to supports and basic needs in an inclusive and welcoming environment.

Broker supported
A-KAN INSURANCE LTD.

Bissell Centre

Location: Edmonton