FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Indigenous Food Collective, housed at the Northeast Aboriginal Business Centre, received a donation of $9,530 from MNP on Wednesday.
Paulette Flamond with NEABC says the donation will allow the collective to purchase small wares that they need for their kitchen.
“That money will be used for things like additional blenders, a food processor, some more pots and pans, and other smaller items we needed,” Flamond said.
She adds that since the collective opened a few months ago, she’s received many calls from members of the community.
“I’ve received calls from BC Hydro about food programs to run through here, as well as local food producers inquiring about the kitchen, and then MNP reached out as well about how they could help, so today is a great day,” Flamond stated.
Flamond says that local food producers interested in using the collective’s commercial kitchen to make their products are welcome to inquire, regardless of if they’re Indigenous or not.
“The kitchen will also be used for workshops. We’re planning on running culinary arts programs through here as well as having like guest chefs come in and teach different things from pastry making to canning,” she said.
Flamond says she’s excited to get started with the kitchen once their youth program concludes in a few weeks.
The kitchen was an idea that came to Flamond after speaking with food producers, who were using their own kitchens to create items, including salsas and jams, which limited them from having their products on the shelves of local grocery stores and certain markets.
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