Friday, July 26, 2019

Friendship House gains boost to Kitchen services through Port's Community Investment Fund

Prince Rupert's Friendship House has a brand new kitchen thanks to some
funding from the Port of Prince Rupert Community Investment Fund

The Friendship House's Community Kitchen has a new look thanks to some investment into the community from the Port of Prince Rupert, which today outlined the scope of funding of $94,000 towards renovation work on the sixty year old kitchen facility.

Home to both a food bank and a soup kitchen, the facility also provides for healthy nutrition classes, as well as the host venue for a youth catering business. The busy Fraser Street location also provides for a community cooking facility for multi-cultural and community events.

“The Prince Rupert Port Authority is pleased to contribute to improving the food bank space and community kitchen facilities at the Friendship House Association of Prince Rupert. Our organization is proud to partner in local legacy projects that improve the quality of life for residents and this project’s focus on food security is extremely fitting for our Community Investment Fund. At its core, Friendship House programs endeavour to bridge the gaps in socio-economic status and cultural understanding within our community – a goal that we share and are proud to help the Friendship House achieve.” -- Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Port of Prince Rupert.

The renovations will help the Community centre on Fraser Street to not only keep up with its current level of service and programs, but take their efforts to a new level and expand on those services already in place.

“The Friendship House Association of Prince Rupert has been a pillar of social programming and services to the Prince Rupert area since its operations began and our facilities were no longer able to keep up with our needs. We are excited to be able to meet the growing needs of our organization as we work to inspire children, youth, and family participation, sharing and instilling life skills, healthy living practices, and cultural preservation of traditional practices.” -- Anna Zanella, Executive Director for the Friendship House Association of Prince Rupert.

With the funding delivered for the Friendship House project, the Port celebrated its 69th Community Investment Fund project since the program was introduced to the Prince Rupert area in 2009.

You can review some of those programs from our archive page here.

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