What is a Community Kitchen?

A Community Kitchen is a group of people who meet on a regular basis to plan, cook and share healthy, affordable meals. Community Kitchens are for everyone, and can be run anywhere there is a kitchen (churches, schools, neighbourhood houses, community health services, workplaces, Men’s Sheds etc.).


There is no ‘one way’ or ‘right way’ to run a Community Kitchen. However, there are a few key features that are essential as they allow groups to bypass strict food safety legislation and ensure an empowerment and capacity building model (rather than a welfare model) is followed.

Essential features:

  • Held on a regular basis (usually weekly or fortnightly)
  • It is participant driven, and all participants are actively involved in the planning, preparation and cooking of food
  • Food prepared is shared among participants and/or members of their household (meals are not given away or sold)