What is the Rainbow Kitchen?
The Rainbow Kitchen provides a nutritious, tasty hot lunch meal to approximately 125-140 people a day, 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year – over 36.400 meals a year are served in a safe and supportive environment to the poor and marginalized in our community. The Rainbow Kitchen has a reputation as a non-judgmental, and welcoming place for guests and volunteers alike, where everyone is treated with respect and valued as “part of the family”.
Who Comes to the Rainbow Kitchen?
The people who come to the Rainbow Kitchen includes street youth, seniors on low incomes, single parents and children, the unemployed and underemployed, and individuals on social assistance or disability pensions. Some of our guests are dealing with mental health issues and addictions issues. They come from different circumstances but share one thing in common; they are all treated with respect and kindness when they come to the Rainbow Kitchen.
How does the Rainbow Kitchen Operate?
The Rainbow Kitchen, unlike many other community kitchens in Victoria, is 100 percent volunteer-run. There is no paid staff or administrators. More than 200 volunteers do everything from chop vegetables to plan large fundraising events. The Rainbow Kitchen is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors.
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