The City of Grande Prairie has awarded $72,000 through a Collaboration Grant to the Salvation Army of Grande Prairie and the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre to support their Community Kitchen Project.

The Community Kitchen Project is a collaborative effort to merge two existing and independently operated kitchens into one to meet the needs of present day Grande Prairie and plan for long-term sustainability. The project will be coordinated by both agencies and a community-led committee.

The project will improve the health and well-being of many individuals and families by providing daily, hot and healthy meals.  Additionally, the project aims to bring people together to socialize and learn which will increase their sense of belonging.  Through this collaborative effort, there will be a centralized, single location for service which will provide a greater degree of efficiency by reducing the expenses required in the operation of two kitchens.

A ribbon cutting ceremony is taking place for the kitchen on Thursday, November 21 at noon at the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre.

The Community Kitchen officially opens on Monday, November 25.

Background

The Collaboration Grant: Building Capacity for Collaboration and Systems Transformation Funding was made available to local organizations and groups aiming to make a social impact in the community through collaboration.  The purpose of the funding is to support the provision of preventive social services that enhance the social wellbeing of our community using a collective impact approach and supporting innovative approaches to working together toward positive community change.

The grant was made possible through a partnership between the City of Grande Prairie and the Government of Alberta’s Family and Community Support Services (FCSS).