Community Kitchen

As in daily life and at parties, good times happen in our kitchen … come join us!

In the Christian tradition, hospitality is a spiritual act. The act of breaking bread is an act that unites all of humankind: there is no culture that doesn’t gather around a meal. At St. Andrew’s United Church, we feel called to offer a community hub centred around feeding and nurturing the body as well as the soul.

A community kitchen is a place to gather and prepare meals together. It can be used for cooking classes, for creating large batches of healthy food in an inexpensive way, and for gathering with friends and community to feast, share, and laugh.

Want to check us out? Drop by the church during office hours, or arrange another time with our Event Coordinator, and we’ll give you a tour. Or come to one of our free community lunches or dinners.

At St. Andrew’s United Church we offer a fully stocked kitchen and dining room that are available for community use at affordable rates. Depending on your group’s budget, you can negotiate a fee from a sliding scale of $30 to $60 per hour, usually based on a 4-hour minimum. That means everyone contributes to the upkeep of the kitchen and everyone can afford to use it.

Anyone in the community can use our kitchen. We have hosted cooking camps for kids, community lunches and dinners, Cooking on a Shoestring workshops, and other programs related to food. Neighbours have enjoyed the kitchen and dining room for family reunions, bridal showers, and birthday parties. In addition, our spacious Friendship Room, with its lovingly maintained wood floors, is a great choice for yoga classes and many other events. Please contact us to learn more and discuss arrangements.

Supporting First United: Sandwich-making; collecting toothpaste & toothbrushes, new socks and winter gloves

We support the downtown eastside’s First United Church Community Mission Society in providing these essentials to those who can’t afford them. Donations are always welcome, as are volunteers. Make a difference to those living in the downtown eastside! Please join us in the kitchen for sandwich-making on the first Wednesday of each month at 2:30 pm. We’re a small team having lots of fun while helping those less fortunate, and we welcome you to participate.

Greater Vancouver Food Bank Hub:
Fresh food with dignity

A light brunch (fresh salads and fruit) is delivered and served to approximately 125 clients of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank North Shore Hub at the North Shore Neighbourhood House on seven Wednesdays throughout the summer. The ingredients are prepared on Tuesday afternoon in our community kitchen from 2 – 4 pm, put together at 8:30 am on Wednesday morning, and then served from 8:30 am to noon.