The Regina Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association opened their new kitchen Tuesday.
The kitchen allows CMHA Regina to offer programs to let members learn how to prepare and cook food using proper food handling and safety techniques.
Shannon Patton is the Acting Executive Director of the Regina Branch of the CMHA. She says Punchline Comedy Night played a vital role in opening the kitchen.
“The proceeds from Punchline Comedy night in April went to help renovate our kitchen so it was a great way for us to get together to say thank you to all those people who contributed to that,” Patton says. “Also, to unveil our kitchen that we serve over 11,500 meals in a year to members of our community.”
Patton, acting Executive Director of CMHA Regina, says the kitchen plays an important role in the members’ lives.
“Like everybody, your kitchen is the centre of your home usually,” Patton says. “It’s no different here. People come here, they get a meal every day, they actually get a meal seven days a week, every day at lunch. They also get a snack Monday to Friday at the end of the day, and for some people that’s the only meal they’ll have that day.”
The kitchen prepares meals 7 days a week for members.