Rimbey FCSS staff are excited about plans to launch the Cultural Community Kitchen first thing in the New Year.
“We have a new program starting in January,” said Jamie Coston, volunteer programs coordinator with the Rimbey Family Community Support Services.
“We are revamping our community kitchen; it’s going to be a program where we take people who have moved to Rimbey from another country, and we will have them teach the community about a dish from their country or culture,” she explained.
The Cultural Community Kitchen sessions will be held at the Rimbey Co-op with whom they are partnering for the venture, she said, adding that the Co-op will also be donating the ingredients.
“We will be doing the demonstrations at the Co-op and provide samples of the food. You will also be able to buy the kit at Co-op to make it yourself. So you can go home and make it on your own. We will also be doing (the sessions) on video, so you can watch it on Facebook afterwards, or on our web site,” she said.
“We will also then be highlighting and showcasing that particular country for the whole month,” she said.
Various aspects of life in each country will be posted on the FCSS social media sites, for example.
“So really, it’s kind of a community connection so that we can get to know and connect to new people in the community. Then when we see that person in town, we can say, ‘Hi!’ We just want to help new people be better connected to those in our community,” she added.
“I’m looking forward to meeting people who are new to the community as well – starting conversations and connecting with them,” she said, adding that anyone seeking more information about the Cultural Community Kitchen can call the FCSS office at 403-843-2030 or check out their Facebook page.
Meanwhile, Coston also said that the Rimbey Food Bank is putting together a new program as well.
“We have another program we will be trying to do through the Food Bank with sending food home with kids at the schools so they have food for the weekends,” she said, adding that demand for Food Bank services continues to increase month by month.
“When we see the month-end, it’s definitely rising,” she said.
“We are definitely seeing more people who haven’t accessed the Food Bank this year or within the last few years, and also more new people that haven’t accessed it ever,” she said.
Donations are always needed, but there are several key items that are even more in demand these days.
“We will take anything and everything, but there is always also kind of a ‘wish list’. Right now, our wish list includes items such as canned vegetables, canned tomatoes, meals in a can, juice boxes, macaroni and cheese, kidney beans, plus diapers and pull-ups sizes three, four and five,” she said. Dish soap, body wash, conditioner and shampoo are also needed as well.
Again, for more information about the Rimbey FCSS and the various programs they offer, call 403-843-2030.