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Food Programs

Several cooking programs take place each month. In these classes participants cook a healthy meal and then enjoy what they have made. Please contact KCHC for more information on the programs that are currently running.

Café 263

Café 263 is a volunteer-run program designed to prepare newcomers, students and area residents for employment. We are committed to enhancing skills in the areas of language, customer service, interpersonal, organizational, culinary, time-management, cash handling and solution-focused problem solving. Many volunteers have successfully transitioned into paid employment or post-secondary education after their experience with Café 263. Employment readiness and advanced life skills are addressed daily, in real time and in a real life setting.  We foster resilience, innovation and collaboration every day!

We are very grateful for the wonderful cross-cultural exposure that our volunteers bring to KCHC. It is exciting to hear so many different languages being spoken in our lobby.   Our keen volunteers have eagerly shared new ingredients, recipes and culinary techniques with the café team and with each other. Staff and clients enjoy the diversity reflected in the meals served, and our fair trade coffee is a big hit.  Café 263 is open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 am till 1:00 pm. Meals are homemade with fresh ingredients. Vegetarian options are common. Prices are very reasonable. Help us spread the word!

Good Food Stands (GFS)

Once a month, the Good Food Stand sets up a fresh produce stand at five local area high schools and welcomes all to drop by for a different kind of shopping experience.                      

The produce available is reduced in price, but not in quality. With produce prices expected to rise and the new Canada Food Guide’s emphasis on fruit and vegetables, a visit the GFS may help stretch your food budget dollars.

To learn more about the Good Food Stand, including dates and locations, please visit or contact

Good Food Box

A community driven initiative that allows anyone to purchase an assorted basket of fruits and vegetables for less than the cost at the grocery store.  Pay for a food box at the beginning of the month (various sizes between $6 and $17 each) at your neighborhood volunteer or agency host site where you will also pick it up.  Purchases can be made from a neighborhood volunteer or agency host site at the beginning of the month and picked up on the third Thursday of the month. For more information, contact us at 613.530.2239 or