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, and when they are not we offer bursaries, so everyone can enjoy them. We also utilize volunteer kitchen assistants to help use present classes and workshops.
Note: Due to COVID-19, we do not have access to our regular teaching kitchens so opportunities in our Healthy Foods Program are limited.
To be notified when volunteer opportunities start up again, please register as a volunteer.
To view all of our upcoming Healthy Food Programs and Gardening Workshops, visit our Events page.
HEALTHY STUDENT MEAL PROGRAM
This unique program feeds 800+ 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 to baking, fermentation to multicultural menus, our Healthy Foods Program has it covered! We have several different facilitators, each with their own areas of expertise, who share their skills and knowledge in our online and hands-on cooking classes. While classes are typically designed for adults, youth age 10+ are welcome to attend in-person or online classes if accompanied by an adult.
Note: Due to COVID-19 closures, opportunities for in-person classes are currently limited. Join us in various commercial, community centre and teaching kitchens in our community to learn to cook and to share a meal with your fellow class participants. These workshops are targeted to adults, however, enthusiastic young cooks age 10+ may also attend if accompanied by an adult.
At Young Cooks, youth aged 6-14 learn to cook meals for themselves and their families, while building local food system knowledge, developing a positive relationship to healthy food, and learning to read and create recipes, in a safe, supported environment.
Classes include healthy twists on favourite recipes and easy to prepare, wholesome and nutritious appetizers, snacks, entrees, drinks and desserts. Students eat what they’ve prepared and take food home to share with their families.
Note: Due to COVID-19, Young Cooks classes are not currently running.