BANFF – The supremely popular Food and Friends night held by St. Michael’s Anglican Church in Canmore is expanding to Banff this summer.
St. George’s-in-the-Pines’ plans to transform the current kitchen space into a full fledged commercial kitchen along with upgrading bathroom facilities and water access, allowing for greater community use of the church.
“We know there is a need for this in Banff,” said Rev. Howard Thornton.
On Thursday (March 14) the Government of Alberta gave $75,200 towards the renovations, which complements donations of commercial kitchen equipment made by the Banff YWCA and local restaurants.
The entire kitchen will be refurbished, with new stoves, counters, storage space and a dishwasher.
Over the past four years St. Michael’s has served over 30,000 meals at the Monday night community event in Canmore.
“It’s for everyone who is starving for community really – as well as a good meal,” said Thornton.
The goal for the church is to assist in building a more vibrant Banff community, something they see as an underserved niche at present.
“This isn’t a St. George’s project, it’s a community-wide project where we’re encouraging different community groups to get involved and to have as many different community groups involved as we can so it really has a far reaching effect through Banff.”
For more information on Canmore’s Food and Friends night, see www.facebook.com/CanmoreFoodandFriends.