Like the kitchen in your home, Sisters Kitchen is about more than tasty and nutritious meals. Participants gather to gossip, share stories, play cards perhaps … and forge friendships with each other and with the Sistering team. With weekly gifts from supporters including Sweet Potato Organics, Whole Foods, Second Harvest, Daily Bread, Red Lobster and George Brown College culinary program, supplemented with purchased items, our Food Access coordinator and her team design a menu plan and create recipes for lunch and dinner that include meat or fish, a starch, a hot vegetable and a vegetarian option, plus fresh fruit. From spring through to October there is also a salad; during the winter, a vegetable soup is on the menu. Participants’ favourites? Curry Chicken with Rice and Peas, Lasagna (with and without meat) and Frittatas.
We often have more than 200 women join us for lunch. We couldn’t do it without a crew of committed volunteers—individuals and groups from corporations, schools, religious groups and United Way Days of Caring/Sharing supporters—who prep and also serve participants.
Participants at Sistering have little food security, so it’s important that they have the opportunity to enjoy three meals a day—plus soup, sandwiches and snacks if they visit overnight.
In addition, many women who use Sistering’s services suffer from chronic illnesses that are aggravated when a poor diet comes into play. For woman living with HIV/AIDS, diabetes, hypertension, or Hepatitis C, sharing a meal at Sistering is, literally, a lifesaver.
Our Community Kitchen program, run in partnership with Christie Ossington Drop In and Toronto Public Health, teaches participants healthy eating strategies including how to read food labels, kitchen safety how-to’s, why a low-sodium, low-sugar diet is important to managing diseases such as diabetes, and then invites them to cook healthy, tasty, cost-efficient meals.
Monday to Sunday 9:30 – 11:00 am
Monday to Sunday
Table Service 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Cafeteria Style 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Monday to Sunday 5:00 pm
Monday to Sunday 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Soup and sandwiches all night, every night.