Serving 750 meals every day
Meals are an essential part of the basic needs provided at the Drop-In Centre and our emergency shelters. For many women, their meal at DEWC is their only meal of the day. The kitchen program is the backbone of DEWC, bringing in women to the space and connecting them to an available continuum of care and support.
Not only does the kitchen provide breakfast, hot lunches, afternoon snacks, and dinner for groups that meet after hours, it provides meals for the 24-hour emergency shelter as well. The kitchen is also where volunteers receive training, building skills for future employment.
The Kitchen Program’s objective is to meet the vital needs of women and their children, by serving well-balanced nutritious meals with significant vegetable and protein portions to sustain the health of women living in extreme poverty. We respond to various health needs and conditions with our meals provision, including diabetes, hepatitis C and HIV. Balanced nutrition allows women to concentrate and stabilize their overall health and to focus on other critical issues such as housing, employment and family.
We pride ourselves on the meals we serve, as well as our creative and tireless kitchen staff. Our meals at DEWC, including special holiday celebrations for Christmas, Lunar New Year, and National Indigenous People’s Day, are formative in fostering an inclusive environment and indicative of DEWC as a whole: a diverse group of women sharing food and company together.