Coast Capital Contributes $30,000 to Equip ACCESS Kitchen

Coast Capital Savings Credit Union has contributed $30,000 towards equipping the commercial kitchen on the third floor of the ACCESS Health Centre. The kitchen and dining/drop-in area is the center of ACCESS Health Centre’s nutrition program. That includes the AIDS Vancouver Island’s Nutrition Support Program, a drop-in lunch service for people living with HIV and their families. Most people who use this lunch program lack the money meet their special dietary needs. For many, it may be their only meal of the day. By providing a nutritious meal five days each week, the Program increases the food security and quality of life of individuals and families living with HIV in Greater Victoria.

The commercial kitchen and dining facilities will also be available to other community organizations. Groups who want to provide community kitchens, Food Safe training, nutrition classes, and meals at breakfast and dinner, as well as on weekends when few food programs are offered, will make use of this full-service kitchen. This facility will help to meet the most basic needs of people who are homeless and poor.

Housing shortages, substance use and increasing mental health issues impact every citizen and business in the region. The ACCESS Health Centre will address these issues by delivering one-stop comprehensive services to the Capital Region’s most impoverished citizens.

ACCESS is a partnership between AIDS Vancouver Island and the Victoria Cool Aid Society. Both organizations have a long history and understanding of the obstacles facing people who are poor, homeless, addicted, living with chronic illness or other challenges in their life.