Rainbow Kitchen feeds thousands

The Esquimalt soup kitchen run entirely by volunteers relies on donations from the community

The Rainbow Kitchen in Esquimalt provides around 120 meals to homeless and impoverished people every day.

It is run 100 per cent by volunteers and is funded through fundraising, donations and grants.

“It’s a constant push for more money,” said Danijela Brkovic, special events coordinator at Rainbow Kitchen. “We need to keep the doors open so we can feed these people.”

While the kitchen only serves lunch, Brkovic said people will often come in at 9 a.m. for coffee and to socialize.

“It gives them a sense of community,” she said.

The Rainbow Kitchen has been in Esquimalt United Church’s hall at 500 Admirals Rd. since January 2012 after leaving St. Saviour’s parish hall in Vic West in December 2011.

“We serve a large number of people who are part of Victoria but live in Esquimalt. So instead of them having to make it downtown, it’s just easier and better for them, because it’s in their community.”

Rainbow Kitchen started out serving sandwiches and soup one day a week 15 years ago.

Now, it serves over 36,000 meals a year.

For more information on how to donate or volunteer for Rainbow Kitchen, please go online to rainbowkitchen.ca or call 250-384-2069.