May 19, 2015 - 2:33 PM
KAMLOOPS – A unique concept connecting seniors with their greater community is getting some support from the province.
The province kicked in $150,000 to support a neighbourhood kitchen that will provide meals in Kamloops to seniors and non-seniors, alike.
The funding will go to the Centre for Seniors Information to expand its kitchen space. Currently, the centre offers lunch-style meals to seniors, but the planned larger kitchen will now provide to all Kamloops residents.
In addition to the lunch program, the centre will offer food canning and preserving, budgeting and healthy meal options, as well hands-on training to gain experience for jobs in the food-service sector.
The idea is to create a space to encourage interactions between seniors and younger community members. Seniors will have the opportunity to teach their cooking skills to others as well as learn new ones.
"The development of the... neighbourhood kitchen has been a focal point for the last few years. It is a significant step forward in meeting the needs of our growing senior population and the delivery of community based programs," said Centre for Seniors Information director Brenda Prevost.
The neighbourhood kitchen will be developed in partnership with the Kamloops Food Policy Council. The council works with local organizations to help strengthen the Kamloops community food system.
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