Community Kitchens: Program Details


Open Kitchen

Open Kitchen is a fun, delicious, and healthy drop-in cooking workshop. Participants learn how to cook on a budget, try new recipes and experiment with fresh ingredients. Classes feature cross-cultural cooking, cooking with local doctors, and seasonal cooking.

Classes take place every Wednesday from 11:00 am - 1:30 pm at Rideau Heights Community Centre (85 MacCauley St.). Come by and see what we're making this week!

Please note, Open Kitchen will not be running in August 2020.

This program is funded by United Way KFL&A.

Circles Kingston: Building Community Around the Table

Weekly gatherings around meals build community across class lines. Learn food skills and support others experiencing poverty working toward self-sufficiency.


The root of food insecurity is a lack of income, not a lack of food. Loving Spoonful is thrilled to be working in partnership with Kingston Community Health Centres (KCHC) and the City of Kingston to run the proven poverty reduction program Circles®. Poverty reduction program that builds relationships across class lines to empower families and communities to thrive.

Cooking in the Nest

Kingston Indigenous Languages Nest and Loving Spoonful continue to bring our strengths together in 2020 to create a year of Indigenous language learning for all ages around good food.  Participants will cook together bi-weekly and learn Anishnaabemowin, Mohawk and Cree in a judgement-free space to rebuild language, culture and identity. This includes four seasonal land-based trips that celebrate food.

In 2020, this program is made possible by the City of Kingston's Heritage Fund. 2019 support from the Community Foundation of Kingston & Area allowed this pilot partnership to get off the ground. We thank all funders for their generous support!

Cooking With Families

Loving Spoonful is teaming up with Kingston Frontenac Public Library again in the summer of 2020 to offer Cooking with Families.  This 4-week program for parents and young children (aged 3+) to enjoy story time and learn easy, healthy, and affordable recipes and to encourage cooking at home. We'll cook, listen to some stories, and eat together once the food is ready!


Look for this program coming up at Rideau Heights Community Centre (85 MacCauley St.) this summer. Spaces are limited so if you or a client you work with would like to be involved please contact to register.

Young Women's Group

The Young Women’s Group that meets weekly at One Roof is yet another example of how food can bring people together and create a foundation for sharing and meaningful connection in a safe space.  Young women have the opportunity to meet with women from partner agencies to address specific life challenges they face during weekly programming.  These are adapted to meet the needs of the participants.  Topics can include such issues as:  gender, mental health, body image, relationships, self-harm and seeing a counsellor.  “As young women cook and eat with staff from other agencies, trusting relationships can develop that can provide them additional supports.” 

Thanks to 100+ Women Who Care for making the Young Women's Group possible

Good Food on a Budget

Good Food on a Budget is a one-off workshop developed for youth and young adults that gives an introduction to good food, meal planning and healthy cooking.  Participants explore what "good food" is, barriers and solutions to healthy cooking and eating, and plan a healthy meal using store flyers.  Moving to the kitchen, they learn: knife skills; food safety and sanitation; food preparation techniques before preparing and sharing a healthy meal.

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