Submitted by Ken Hirter
This Walkabout finds me visiting the Compass Community Health Center’s Senior Kitchen. It is where l spoke to the delightful and informative Leah Janzen, Community Development and Food Security Specialist. I asked Leah about the program. “Food is more than something to sustain us, more than just a nourishing of our bodies. It is a gathering place, an exchange of cultures. It provokes memories and strengthens communities. Though food is the groundwork of the Senior Kitchen, people are at the core. Once a month for Senior Kitchen, we get together to not only cook a meal but share it. The meal facilitates an accessible space for us to sit together and learn, expand and build community. We swap recipes, stories and share moments together. All that we learn and experience at the Seniors Kitchen expands beyond the hour we spend together once a month. We find a sense of home and family at the Seniors Kitchen which carries with us through our days until we meet again.”
Who doesn’t love a home-cooked meal and hot comfort food was on the menu at my visit – perfect as we head into winter, Vegetarian Shepherd’s pie, Kale Salad and Pumpkin Cookies.
Food and recipes are provided and everyone is divided into groups. When l spoke to the Seniors about wellness through food, they also indicated that they thoroughly enjoy the Seniors talks on various topics, with speakers on the Compass Community Health Center team and from groups or individuals outside the health center. The talks include food and nutrition (diet), fitness, sit-and-fit and rehabilitation. There are also focus groups and surveys on seniors’ issues.
Please note that the Seniors Kitchen is open to residents 55+. They meet the 3rd & 4th Wednesday of each month from 11:30 am to 1.00 p.m.
I would like to thank Leah and her group of wonderful seniors for an engaging and delightful Wednesday afternoon spent at the Compass Community Health Center Senior Kitchen.
Telephone: 905-523- 6611, extension 3006 for more information on this wonderful program.
Compass Community Health Center is located at 438 Hughson Street North here in the heart of the North End. Website: www.compassch.org
How can you help? On my visit l noted that the Compass Community Fridge was bare of food. To make a donation of food or a grocery gift card you can contact Leah Janzen.
“Food is not just fuel. Food is about family, food is about communities, food is about identity and nourish all those things where we eat well.” (Michael Pollard)
Till next month take care. Cheers