Join us on Wednesday evenings for a healthy meal and more

›› Kathryn Juricic

Student Dinner continues to feed the people! Let me get this straight, Student Dinner is for students and for ALL young folks (who aren’t necessarily students). For people who are hungry—come eat! Every Wednesday we have a lovely team of youth serving you up something delicious.

Before I go on, I want to send ­gratitude to David Gillis, our former Chef at the ­Centre who has moved on to other ­adventures. Thank you for feeding our community for over a year, David! Your food is amazing and we miss you!

With David onto other things, the ­Fernwood Community Centre has a new chef in the house. Welcome Patrick ­Gleeson! Patrick has been cookin’ up a storm for a number of weeks now and he sure knows what’s up. He brings ­experience as former head chef at ReBar and, well, we are very pleased with that. He’s been making vegan meals for the past couple of weeks so you can expect dinner that serves a range of dietary restrictions that are really tasty.

How exactly do we pull this off? Every week, the Fernwood Community ­Centre receives cases of donated fruits and ­vegetables from The Mustard Seed through a Coalition of Neighbourhood Houses ­Program. And every week, our kitchen team receives these random fruits and ­vegetables and turns them into two community meals: Family Dinner and ­Student Dinner. There is no planning, due to not knowing what fruits and vegetables are going to show up, and, gosh, do they make it work!

That’s all to say, come eat, send your kids down to join us. We have talented ­people cooking and delightful youth ­serving food. It’s healthy, delicious, supportive, ­affordable, and we often have enough for folks to take leftovers home.

Student Dinner will also host slam poetry nights, musicians, and more to make the nights a little more entertaining.

Every Wednesday, we’ll be posting our menu on our ongoing Facebook event. Search for Fernwood NRG on Facebook and find Student Dinner under the Events tab.

Thank you to all of our volunteers and the folks who have been coming out to ­Student Dinner. We are building an ­amazing community of people who are invested in this place and each other. It’s a beautiful thing what happens when we come together over a shared meal!

If you’d like to perform or host an event at Student Dinner, volunteer, or are part of a community group looking for a platform to share what’s happening, please contact me at

Student Dinner is every Wednesday ­evening in the Fernwood Community Centre gymnasium from 5:30-7:30pm. Dinner is by-donation (suggested $5) and no one is turned away. Bring a reusable container for leftovers.