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 Cedar Hill Anglican Church
- Mt. Tolmie Community Association
- Camosun Community Association
The Kitchen's Mission
The Shelbourne Community Kitchen’s mission is to create opportunities with people living on a low income to cook, grow, share and connect for improved health and wellbeing.
The Kitchen offers a unique neighbourhood food centre model, providing opportunities for people to:
- Prepare and share healthy meals together;
- Access nutritious food;
- Work together to grow food and build gardening skills;
- Connect with other community resources and become resources for one another.
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.
In 2021, the Shelbourne Community Kitchen moved to a new location, 101-3787 Cedar Hill Rd., in the ground level of Lutheran Church of the Cross. The Kitchen has its own dedicated entrance, located on the north side of the building on Cedar Hill Cross Road. Look for the bright pink doors, just down the hill from the intersection.
The Cedar Hill Garden (the garden at St. Luke’s behind South Island Centre) was installed last fall is now overflowing with gorgeous veggies!