Cooking Skills


Opening in Stratford in 2012, The Local Community Food Centre’s mission is to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds community and challenges inequality.

The Local Community Food Centre’s Food Skills Coordinator will work in partnership with other local agencies to offer ”Shovel and Spoon,”  a cooking, gardening and nutrition program that aims to build healthy food skills, create connections with nature and reduce social anxiety for people marginalized by a number of factors (particularly mental health issues). We are looking for someone who is passionate and creative about sharing their knowledge of cooking, nutrition, and growing good food and is skilled at facilitating diverse groups to help people make realistic changes in their lives.


  • Plan and create a program framework for the Shovel and Spoon program that is flexible enough to meet partner agency/participant needs while ensuring maximum reach and impact.
  • Manage the design, planning, creation and maintenance of The Local Community Food Centre’s on-site community gardens and greenhouse.
  • Develop and facilitate hands-on cooking and gardening activities for Shovel & Spoon participant groups fostering increased self-confidence in the kitchen and garden and positive attitudes toward choosing, cooking and growing healthy food
  • Create a safe, welcoming and constructive environment for program participants
  • Connect with existing agency partners, recruit new agency partners, negotiate partnership agreements and maintain good relationships with partner agencies
  • Orient and supervise program volunteers and students
  • Develop and implement tracking tools and program evaluations


  • Demonstrated ability to cook healthy, tasty, nutritious and easy-to-prepare food  in quantity
  • Experience with organic gardening and community gardens
  • Understanding of and experience with educational approaches that are effective in teaching  food skills, fostering  positive attitudes towards healthy food and inspiring  people to change their food practices
  • Knowledge of food-related issues for people experiencing poverty, poor health and discrimination
  • Self-motivated and able to work constructively as a member of a team
  • Excellent interpersonal, facilitation and communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a diverse community (people of different ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds)
  • Experience with the broad range of tasks required by program coordination in a food program setting


The Local Community Food Centre is a division of The United Way of Perth-Huron in partnership with The Stop Community Food Centre’s Replication Project. 

The Local Community Food Centre is committed to employment equity and encourages applicants from equity seeking groups.  We regret that only those applicants being considered will be contacted.