Community & Current Events

Collective kitchens: Supporting goodness

By: Canadian Living

Author: Canadian Living

Community & Current Events

Collective kitchens: Supporting goodness

By: Canadian Living
What did you learn while volunteering at the collective kitchen?
When I participated in a collective kitchen volunteer day. I’d never heard of the concept before, but I was very happy to take part with some of my new coworkers and to give back. A collective kitchen offers something for everyone. If you cook alone, it is a great way to meet people. If you don’t know how to cook, you can build your skills. You also
learn about new foods and how to prepare them in healthful ways. And you get to expand on the recipes you already make at home. Our company is about promoting good food, which is also the mission of collective kitchens. I am so excited to volunteer again next year.”
 
- ANDRÉANE LEBLANC, PUBLIC RELATIONS ADVISER, ULTIMA FOODS INC.
 
How do employees work together at the collective kitchen?
"The best thing about our volunteer day was getting to know my coworkers from different departments—everyone worked on the same level for a common cause, whether the person was a secretary, a vice-president or a machine operator. We prepared a variety of healthful, low-cost one-portion meals and sold them to our coworkers at the plant with the proceeds going to the local collective kitchen. Cooking in groups really brings people together and the volunteer day is proof of that. I was happy to have this opportunity to share what we made and raise money for the collective kitchens."
 
- MARYLOUISE STANDISH, EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT, PRODUCTION, ULTIMA FOODS INC.
 
 
What is a volunteer day at a collective kitchen like?
"It is fun but also a lot of work. The people who run the collective kitchen are very helpful. They guide you through the steps to ensure you get the meals right.They keep things moving along well and make sure it isn’t stressful. It is all about good food. By the end of the day, our group had made soup, a casserole and cookies. The concept of making individual portions was familiar to me, as I spend most of my weekends at home making healthful casseroles, which I freeze for the week. For people who aren’t organized to make that many meals at the same time in the kitchen where they live, this is a good alternative. It was a powerful and positive day. It was wonderful to be part of it."
 
- ANGELA BULLET, EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT, MARKETING, ULTIMA FOODS INC.

For more details about collective kitchens, visit collectivekitchens.ca.
Share X
Community & Current Events

Collective kitchens: Supporting goodness

Login