Community Kitchens / Cook, Eat, Enjoy

A Community Kitchen is an opportunity for groups of 5-10 people to come together to socialise, cook and share a healthy nutritious meal. The participants in this program are encouraged to be involved in the planning, budgeting, shopping and cooking of the 2-3 course meal. These meals are for themselves and/or their families. Community Kitchens are owned and driven by the participants themselves as much as possible.

Participants can come from all walks of life Ė single Mums or Dads, older people, special interest groups, people who live in the same area etc. The groups are encouraged to meet on a regular basis (usually weekly or fortnightly). Each person makes a small contribution towards the food costs with each group setting their own budget.

In 2012 we began a pilot project in the Southern Highlands with the goal of helping groups to start their own Community Kitchens. Our Menís Activity group met fortnightly and made a variety of yummy meals, many branching out from their normal diet.

We also ran an orientation and training for Disability Services Australia staff who are now running very successful Community Kitchens for their clients and staff.

In 2014 we decided to re-brand and Cook, Eat, Enjoy was born. This program is running very successfully with a group of 8-10 people meeting at the Youth Hub each Monday.

In 2015 we are expanding the Cook, Eat, Enjoy project in partnership with Argyle Community Housing.

Training will be provided to organisations who wish to start their own group. This training will incorporate training in Food Safety, Nutrition, Budgeting and Kitchen Safety. We will also help set up groups with their pantry starter packs and Wingecarribee Community Kitchen aprons as well as providing ongoing support.
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For those interested in more in depth information on the Community Kitchen concept click here to go to the Community Kitchens website.

To find Community Kitchens in the Wingecarribee or to talk to us about starting your own Community Kitchen, call us on 4862 1122 or email on mail@highlandscommunity.org.au




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