Community Kitchens open in Armstrong

Community Kitchens invites people to learn to cook for free, and take home some meals for their family.

Armstrong residents will have a chance to cook new dishes, keep grocery costs down and take home healthy food, thanks to Community Kitchens.

Now up and running again at the hall at St. James Anglican Church, Community Kitchens brings together a group of people to learn how to cook healthy, affordable meals in thee-hour sessions. The free program is open to anyone in the community with an interest in cooking.

During this time, people cook healthy affordable meals together and take food home for one dollar per serving of food. Portions are large and most food is able to be frozen.

“The group talks about cooking techniques that will help them stretch their food dollar,” said Minda Chittenden, with the program. “We try to eat locally as well, and in some areas the groups grow food in community gardens.”

Sessions run Feb. 14 and 28, March 6 and 27, April 10 and 24, with all sessions taking place from 9 a.m. to noon. The church is at the corner of Patterson and Mill, near the RCMP station.

Community Kitchens is funded by Interior Health, Valley First and the United Way. For more information, see the website at

To register for this group, please call Kristi at 250-546-0371 or e-mail to