Our community kitchen programmes offer youth from grades 7 to 9 a place to practice their cooking skills.

Everyone participates in menu selection, food preparation, cooking, and, of course, eating! Along the way we all learn together about healthy food and good nutritional choices. We like to have fun in the kitchen!

Each week we choose a new recipe and work together to prepare a healthy meal inspired by Canada’s Food Guide. Youth are encouraged to bring in their own family recipes, and they teach and learn from their peers about cooking from different traditions. We also learn together about organization, budgeting, time management, teamwork, leadership, safety, nutrition and healthy lifestyles. Our groups range in size from 15 to 25 youth.

Cooking is an important life skill that prepares our youth to take control of their health and become healthy adults. We learn about other cultures through diverse menu selections, and our consulting dietician helps us learn to make good choices on everything from portion sizes, to hidden fats and sugars in junk food, to avoiding fast food. Youth take that knowledge with them and feel a sense of independence when they are then able to cook for themselves, their siblings and their families.

Our community kitchens are equipped with a stove, microwave, utensils and everything needed to make a delicious and nutritious meal. We also installed an indoor “grow tower” where we grow vegetables like tomatoes and lettuce and herbs like basil and parsley.
Youth do not need to bring any equipment, only their enthusiasm and their appetites!

Locations and hours

John McCrae Public School
431 McCowan Road, Scarborough ON M1J 1J1
416-396-6395

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R.H. King Academy
3800 St Clair Ave E, Scarborough ON M1M 1V3
416-396-5550

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Programmes are held Monday to Friday from 3:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Staff

Our staff include a dietician who works with youth to adapt recipes and teach them about healthy food choices. Our youth programme staff are also on hand to supervise and join in on the fun.