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Healthy Communities - Community Kitchens

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Welcome to Healthy Communities Community Kitchens!

Community Kitchens in the Barwon region are gradually resuming during 2022.

For up to date information please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please also see the Community Kitchen website for further information and resources at https://communitykitchens.org.au 

What is a Community Kitchen? 

A Community Kitchen is a group of people who come together on a regular basis to cook, socialise and enjoy good food. Each group decides how their kitchen will run, how often they will meet and what food they will prepare. We currently have 20 Community Kitchens running across the Barwon region.


Community Kitchens can run anywhere there is an existing kitchen facility. This includes:

  • Schools
  • Neighbourhood houses
  • Community health services
  • Churches
  • Service clubs
  • Private businesses

Why join a community kitchen?

Community Kitchens are a great way to gain knowledge and skills about nutritious food and food preparation. Most importantly, they are affordable, fun and a great way to socialise.

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What happens at a community kitchen?

Community Kitchens are not all about cooking. Much of the success of a community kitchen is the teamwork that takes place when a group comes together.

Community Kitchen participants are involved in all stages of the cooking process; menu planning, shopping, cooking and eating. Each group is supported by a trained Community Kitchen facilitator.

At the end of the session, groups decide whether they share the prepared food together or take it home to enjoy later.

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Find a Community Kitchen near you

How can you get involved in a Community Kitchen?

For more information about joining a community kitchen or creating your own Community Kitchen group, contact The Healthy Communities Team This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ask for the Community Kitchens Coordinator.

You can also check out what is happening at local neighbourhood houses via their Facebook pages. Take a look:

Community Kitchen Facilitator training

The Community Kitchen facilitator's role is to support the participants and ensure the Community Kitchen runs smoothly. Community Kitchens have a least one or two facilitators, so they can share the responsibilities and support one another.

A facilitator can be a group participant, volunteer or an employed worker. Over time, participants may become interested to step up into the facilitator role.

Barwon Health provides free training to become a Community Kitchen Facilitator. 

There are five training modules to be completed online covering the topics of Nutrition, Food Safety, Kitchen Safety, Budgeting and Group Facilitation. To access this training visit Community Kitchens.

We are currently in need of multiple volunteer facilitators for community kitchens in a range of locations. To find out more please see Volunteering Geelong

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Last Modified: Wednesday, 24 August 2022