Prince Rupert's Friendship House Gets New Kitchen Through Community Investment Fund

Brittany Webster

A new stove, deep fryer, mixer and slushie machine are some of the features in the new kitchen at the Friendship House Association of Prince Rupert, the latest from the Prince Rupert Port Authority's Community Investment Fund.

Anna Zanella, Executive Director for the Friendship House, is thrilled to have the new kitchen facility and says it will open doors to better serve the community.

"I know that all of our staff and our clients and the community is very excited about this and I'm really happy to bring this forward. I hope to do more projects like this. The impact for the community is immense because of the food security that this can offer."

Zanella says they hope to enhance cooking classes and add some new programs with the larger, commercial kitchen.

"We had a kitchen here originally, but it was just a regular kitchen and kind of a meeting room. So we wanted to enhance that project, because we have thousands of people that come through our doors every week and we were hoping to expand on our community dinners, our good food hampers, our culinary classes. And we recently hired a new chef who is going to be the head chef and kitchen manager, and we really look forward to working with him. He's going to mentor youth, we have elder-youth mentorship programs as well, where they learn traditional food cooking. We will have workshops and we are hoping to partner with the college and other community organizations to bring forward some unique projects."

The Friendship House received a total of $94,000 from the Port, covering 50% of the cost, with the organization taking on the remaining amount. Use of the kitchen will begin in September.

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