The Shelbourne Community Kitchen is a collaborative effort of a diverse number of community partners including community associations, faith groups, local businesses and individual residents. These partners started meeting in 2012 to identify poverty related needs in the Cedar Hill/Shelbourne Valley area. Discussions by this group culminated in the creation of the Shelbourne Community Kitchen in 2013. The partner organizations are Lutheran Church of the Cross, St. Aidan’s United Church, St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Mt. Tolmie Community Association, and Camosun Community Association.
The Shelbourne Community Kitchen operated in satellite locations for the first two years but in 2015 was able to obtain a long term lease on a privately owned house on Shelbourne Street. After obtaining a Temporary Use Permit from the District of Saanich, the house was renovated, and the Shelbourne Community Kitchen moved to its present location, 3541 Shelbourne Street, in March 2015. The Temporary Use Permit will end in September 2020 and the Kitchen is presently looking for a new location.