Community kitchen programs can be found in a number of our housing residences and are intended to teach tenants life skills such as cooking, budgeting, meal planning and knowledge of nutrition.
The program involves tenants getting together on a regular basis, sometimes facilitated by staff, and making meals and enjoying them together. In doing so, many individuals learn to work cooperatively, problem solve and work through social interactions. Preparing and sharing a meal together increases a sense of community and provides a time to have fun and laugh together. Challenges include the lack of program funding for purchasing nutritious food to cook and older buildings with older kitchens, which often need upgrades to enhance food safety.