HEALTHY FOOD COOKING PROGRAMS
Come, learn to cook with us!
We offer a wide range of cooking programs and food skill classes for community members of all ages, experiences and backgrounds. Some of the programs are free, while others have costs associated, but there are always bursaries available so that the programs can be enjoyed by all.
To be notified when volunteer opportunities arise, please register as a volunteer.
To view all of our upcoming Healthy Food Programs and Gardening Workshops, visit our the Events Page of our website.
HEALTHY STUDENT MEAL PROGRAM
This unique program feeds 900+ students in the Comox Valley School District each week during the school year. The program was initially started in a spirit of collaboration with the Wachiay Friendship Centre and SD71 Indigenous Education, under the direction of Nancy Walowina, PREP Food Program Coordinator at G.P.Vanier High School.
LUSH Valley came on board in 2019. One of our goals is to work with local farmers and producers to ensure that the soup has as much fresh local food ingredients as possible. Our volunteers pick up fresh vegetables purchased by us from Seifert’s Farm Market and deliver them to Vanier High School. There, the fresh, local produce and other soup-making ingredients are sorted and bagged for delivery to about 12 to 16 schools each week. On Fridays, our volunteers assist with the deliveries. Soup is made on Mondays.
The Soup Program provides a healthy alternative to prepackaged lunches and provides an opportunity for Indigenous Education support workers to spend quality time with different students each week preparing soup for their classmates. In the 2019/20 school year, which wrapped up early in mid-March due to COVID-19, our efforts saw more than 1,300 pounds of local produce used to make hearty, healthy soup!
HEALTHY FOODS COOKING WORKSHOPS
From canning and fermentation to multicultural menus, our Healthy Foods Programs have got you covered! We work with several different facilitators, each with their own unique skillset, to deliver a variety of food skills programming to the Comox Valley community.
Community Kitchen classes teach important cooking and food processing skills to a variety of participants in a welcoming and engaging environment. Because LUSH Valley sees food as a tool for empowerment, we aim to provide the resources, knowledge and barrier-free opportunities for individuals to learn how to cook and prepare healthy food with confidence.
LUSH Valley also offers FoodSafe Level 1 training on a quarterly basis so that individuals can gain safe food-handling skills that are not only beneficial, but are necessary when cooking for group, organization or in a professional setting.
For upcoming Community Kitchen and FoodSafe classes, visit the Events Page of our website.
In our Young Cooks programs, youth aged 6-14:
- Learn to cook for themselves and their families
- Improve their knowledge on our local food systems
- Develop positive relationships with healthy food
- Learn to read and create recipes in a safe, supported environment
Classes take on a variety of forms from after-school programs to week-long summer camps. Classes cover a variety of wholesome and nutritious appetizer, snack, entree, drink and dessert recipes. For upcoming Young Cooks programs in the Comox Valley, visit the Events Page of our website.