kitchen skills programming and community kitchens to help our community members improve confidence and increase enjoyment in the preparation of nutritious and delicious food


Food skills programs provide people with the knowledge, tools, and confidence to grow, cook, and choose healthy food for themselves and their families. Through hands-on experience and the support of a community, people are empowered to take control of their health and nutrition and make lasting, sustainable changes in their diets. 77% of people surveyed say they’ve made healthy changes to their diets since they started coming to programs.


Ages 8 – 10 years old 

Thursdays starting September 21, 2023
4pm – 7pm
8-week session

Kitchen Connection (Junior) is a fun and interactive cooking class designed for 8- to 10-year-olds (grades 3-5). Participants will gain confidence in the kitchen and make new friends while mastering practical life skills and learn about positive eating habits. 🥦🥗 We will cover a range of topics from food and kitchen safety, how food connects us, and food mapping, to creating your own recipe. We will explore the exciting world of food and share delicious meals around our community table.

Program generously sponsored by

Program generously sponsored by

NOURISH & SAVOUR: A Parent-Child Cooking Adventure

Sessions run every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month starting September 12th, 2023. Upcoming dates: October 31st / November 14 / November 28th / December 12th! A break for the Holiday Season and we will see you in the new year!

Nourish and Savour is a drop-in hands-on food skills program for caregivers and their children. Together we will focus on planning and preparing easy family friendly meals that promote positive eating habits.

Little chefs are encouraged to participate alongside their parents and caregivers. For infants/children that are not helping in the kitchen a play area is available that is monitored by EarlyON staff and volunteers from the Local.

Cooking class participants are invited to arrive from 9:45 am to get settled in. At 10 am, we will go over the recipes together and with the guidance of the Kitchen Skills Educator, work as a team to create a delicious community meal.

If you are unable to commit to the cooking class component, you are invited to join us for the meal!! Feel free to drop in any time after 10:15 am to socialize with other parents and enjoy the community lunch! Lunch is served between 12pm to 12:30pm.

This is a drop-in program.

No registration is required.


These programs bring people together to cook new recipes, try new flavours, and have fun working as a team in the kitchen. Whether it’s our Tuesday night drop-in Community Kitchen family cooking program that encourages parents and children to prepare meals together, or our Newcomer’s Family Community Kitchen that makes dishes from a different country each week, every community kitchen uses healthy food as the key ingredient to learning, building skills, and connecting with others.

“There’s so much I’ve learned from different programs. Doing something different. Trying foods I’d never tried because I didn’t know how to cook them or what they tasted like.”

A Community Member • The Local CFC, Stratford