A Nanaimo society that provides food and nutrition will be able to expand its programming and better adapt to COVID-19 thanks to a significant donation.
The Nanaimo Community Kitchens Society was recently presented with $13,500 from 100-plus Women Who Care Mid Island.
Heidi Sinclair, executive director of Nanaimo Community Kitchens, said in a press release that the donation was a welcome surprise and said her organization is “incredibly” grateful.
“Our organization is lean and volunteer-dependent, so even writing grant applications is a challenge,” Sinclair said. “It’s nice to receive funding without strings attached to apply where we feel it is most needed.”
She said Nanaimo Community Kitchens intends to reach more families through its Bellies to Babies program supporting parents expecting their first child and young financially challenged families, and also plans to increase food kit delivery.
According to the release, Nanaimo Community Kitchens collaborates with food security, housing, Indigenous and multicultural organizations to help low-income individuals and families improve their food security and nutrition. Food kits and cooking instruction are among the programs offered, and service delivery has continued during the pandemic with a nutrition curriculum presented via social media, for example.
“The new curriculum program is already a success,” Sinclair said. “Students take home food kits associated with the curriculum, and already feedback is enthusiastic. One teacher shared it’s the best activity she has done with students since COVID and reports children relate positive food kit experiences in their journals.”
For more information about the society, visit http://nanaimocommunitykitchens.org.
100-plus Women Who Care Mid Island meets four times a year via Zoom, hears members make presentations on three randomly selected charities, then votes for one charity to receive $100 from each member.
For more information about the group, visit www.100womenwhocaremidisland.com.