January 15, 2018: Sundae Nordin, CEO of Community Kitchens www.ckpcalgary.ca
Bill Lawless introduced our first guest speaker, Sundae Nordin, CEO of Community Kitchens. More to follow on Calgary West sponsorship of this project through the Local Community Services Committee. Sundae was born in Calgary and has three children. She has been with Community Kitchens for six years now.
Something we would never know about Sundae: she won the World Arm Wrestling Championship in Mexico City with her right hand and was placed second using her left hand. Her words: "She may be small, but she is tough!"
Community Kitchens has been in existence for 26 years. It started in the basement of Marilyn Gunn's home who had a vision to help individuals, families and communities reduce hunger. She started Calgary's Cooking which helped people's budget, flyer shop to save money and create delicious and nutritious meals at $2.61 per person per meal.
The goal is to teach and equip those with food insecurity by giving them a helping hand up, not just a hand out. To achieve this goal Community Kitchens has expanded to now include four other programs. Last year, 174,944 clients were served, including adults, children, and seniors – a far reaching impact.
Sundae went on to thank the Rotarians for providing Community Kitchens with a 3-ton refrigerated truck. This was made possible by donations from Calgary West and Calgary South and a District grant. Also, a donation from Enterprise. The truck is needed to deliver the Good Food Boxes. The truck will display Rotary signage.
Next, we saw a short video produced by Dan Clapson from Globe and Mail. We saw how Community Kitchens is "Taking a Bite Out of Hunger" to help those in our community during this tough economic downturn.
Bryden Horwood was the thanker and presented Sundae with our Boltman.
reported by Judy Cochran
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