Kids 13 and under can take part in the Nelson Community Food Centre’s Food Skills program, with a chance to win prizes. Photo submitted

New kids program at Nelson Community Food Centre

Kids up to the age of 13 can learn cooking skills

Submitted by Nelson Community Food Centre

The Nelson Community Food Centre team is launching a new Food Skills program for kids up to age 13. The program will supply them with everything they need to make a simple, fun dish and will help them learn handy cooking skills at home.

COVID-19 has compelled the team at the food centre to develop new approaches to their various food-forward programs, and this Kids Club is a good example.

“We can’t have 10 kids cooking with us in our kitchen these days, so we’ve come up with this new way of making connections around food,” explains food skills co-ordinator, Michaela Woeller. “We think it’ll be popular and there will even be prizes to sweeten the pot.”

Participants (or their parents) will pick up a meal kit package at the food centre (602 Silica St.) on either Aug. 13 or 27 — whatever works best with their schedule. The package will include all necessary ingredients, a recipe card, links to an instructional video (featuring Woeller) and a survey about the program.

Kids can call or email in questions and photos of their creations too. When participants fill out the short survey about their experience, they’ll be entered into a draw to win one of three prizes: $50 for Mallard’s, $50 for Play it Again Kids or the grand prize, $100 for Secret Garden Toys.

Seasonal salad rolls will be the first recipe and the team is hoping to continue offering the program with a different recipe each month. Simple knife skills will be the focus for August’s program, so many parents may want to supervise — and learn at the same time.

For more information and to register your kid for this fun program, go to and look for Food Skills under the programs tab. You can also call 250-354-1633 or email Woeller at for more info. Spots are limited so register today.

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Kids 13 and under can take part in the Nelson Community Food Centre’s Food Skills program, with a chance to win prizes. Photo submitted

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