Fresh Choice Kitchens

Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society - Community Kitchen Program

Community Initiatives

Fresh Choice Kitchens does workshops in Vernon

Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 11:00am

In April we were in Vernon to run our Community Kitchen Workshop to 15 eager participants from the Okanagan-Shuswap area (see photos). We also ran a 2 day Train-the-Trainer Canning Workshop (see photos)  in which 10 participants learned about current safe canning practices and ways to teach them. Our fun and eager participants each also had the opportunity to have hands-on experience in teaching the group what they learned. We covered both boiling water bath canning and pressure canning in the 2 days.

Both workshops were held in the fabulous kitchen of Trinity United Church. Thanks to the donation of fresh produce from Chronos Fresh Foods, in our Community Kitchen workshop we made Tofu Meatballs, Tzatziki, Greek Salad, Quinoa Salad and Rhubarb Gingersnap Crumble, and in our Train-the Trainer workshop, we canned red pepper garlic jelly, rhubarb jam and herbed tomatoes and celery.

Many thanks go to Minda Chittenden from Meridian Rehabilitation Consulting, who helped us organize the workshop and who also successfully obtained funding from United Way of North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap, Valley First Credit Union and Rotary International (Kalmalka Rotary Dream Auction). It was great to have Linda Yule, Executive Director of the United Way as an active participant in the canning workshop.

Special thanks as well to Bernardin Ltd. for their support and sponsorship.

Canning Training for Environmental Health Officers

Friday, April 12, 2013 - 2:30pm

This past February,  Fresh Choice Kitchens partnered with Northern Health, to offer a revised version of our Train-the-Trainer Canning workshops to their Environmental Health Officers (EHOs).  

Along with Emerie Brine from Bernardin Ltd., Diane and Darlene went to 3 cities to do our workshop:

Thanks to the Northern Health’s EHOs for their enthusiasm and incredible hospitality. It was a very good experience.

Partnering with Aboriginal Health Initatives Program

Friday, April 12, 2013 - 2:30pm

Since 2011, we’ve been partnering with Vancouver Coastal Health’s Aboriginal Health Initiative Program (AHIP), to run workshops specifically for people associated with a First Nations community or an Aboriginal program (such as the Aboriginal Health Unit).

Workshops that we’ve done for AHIP include:

  •  FoodSafe Level One,
  •  Safe Canning Basics Demo;  (photos)
  •  Community Kitchen Leadership Workshop (photos)

See a listing of resources that we refer to in this workshop.

Vancouver School Food Network

Monday, November 19, 2012 - 2:00pm

This past week, Fresh Choice Kitchens put together 6 bins of kitchen equipment for the Vancouver School Food Network (VFSN). The VSFN will arrange the loan and distribution of these bins to schools in the Vancouver School Board (VSB). Each bin provides a classroom with kitchen equipment for 6 cooking stations. Funds to purchase the equipment came from Hain Celestials’s donation to Fresh Choice Kitchens, a VFSN member.

VSFN helps teachers and other school staff start, maintain, and teach in school gardens and about local food. VSFN’s mission is to build the capacity of school communities to engage learners to be more food literate. VSFN is a network of school, community, and health agencies and programs who are working towards healthier and sustainable school food systems in Vancouver. This work includes education about, modelling of, and support for growing, preparing, eating and appreciating healthy, sustainable foods, and managing waste.

Members of the Vancouver School Food Network include:
Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA)
Evergreen Foundation
Fresh Choice Kitchens, Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society (that’s us!)
Fresh Roots Urban Farm
Growing Chefs
Project CHEF
Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC)
UBC Landed Learning Project, including SOYL (Sustainable Opportunities for Youth Leadership)
Vancouver Coastal Health
Vancouver School Board

Hundreds of teachers from the VSB have taken advantage of the knowledge and resources of Network organizations through the network’s professional development workshops. This school year, the VSFN is offering monthly after-school workshops for teachers who want to engage their students in food production, processing, and eating to explore topics of food, health, and the environment.

To see photos of these kits, visit the Fresh Choice Kitchens’ Flickr page