Taking the time to organize and maintain your kitchen will ensure that it runs smoothly.
Maintaining a Kitchen
Division of Chores
Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House developed this form to reduce the number of latecomers (a common community kitchen problem!). Upon arrival, participants had to sign in and select a chore. The latecomers would always end up with the least popular task – cleanup duty! People quickly learned it was worth coming in early or on time.
Use this basic attendance sheet to record names and contact information of participants.
Kitchen Log Book
If your kitchen is being used by a number of different groups, create a “Kitchen Log Book.” Ask groups to sign in and out to help keep track of kitchen use. This can also be used to note issues that need to be addressed (e.g., kitchen not clean, items need to be replaced, etc.).
Consider posting a list of tasks that must be completed before groups leave the kitchen next to the door. Tasks could include locking cupboards, making sure the oven/stove are turned off, sweeping the floor, cleaning the countertops and stove, and turning off the lights.
Kitchen Inventory List
Create an inventory of items in the kitchen drawers and cupboards. This will help you keep track of what you have. If you find things start disappearing, here are some ways on how to Prevent Missing Kitchen Equipment
Labeling Your Kitchen
Label the front of your kitchen drawers and cupboards with a list of the contents. This will help people locate and then return the items.
Shopping and Finances Tasks
Use this helpful list of ingredients for an entire menu or use one list for each recipe. It’s organized by grocery store section.
Participant Payment Record
This form will help you keep track of the amount participants pay per session.
Measuring Your Kitchen’s Success
Creating an Evaluation Form
Use these tips when creating an evaluation form.
Evaluation Form Sample
Modify this sample evaluation form for your own use.
Promoting Your Kitchen
Photo Release Form
Have participants fill out this form to grant permission to take their photograph. These photographs can be used for a number of positive reasons, including publicity for your community kitchen and to show funders how their contributions are being used.
Programs to Support Your Community Kitchen
Food Skills for Families (FSFF)
Food Skills for Families is a program by the Canadian Diabetes Association. This six-session cooking program that comes to your community kitchen.
As a community kitchen facilitator, you may want to take the Food Skills for Families Facilitator Training to become a FSFF Faciliator and teach the program in various locations in your community.
For more information email the Food Skills for Families Program or ph: 604-732-1331 ext 248
As a community kitchen facilitator, you may need to find additional social support and assistance for your participants, you may want to call: 2-1-1 or visit the bc211 website. The 2-1-1 phone number is a number you can call 24/7, 365 days of the year for information on community programs available in BC and the Yukon.
Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon Program (FMNCP)
The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon Program provides low-income families and seniors who are enrolled in participating cooking and skill-building programs (such as community kitchens) with coupons each week to spend at their local farmers’ market.
Grocery Shopping Tour
BC Healthy Families website has section on grocery shopping including handouts and a virtual tour that you may want to recommend or check out.