Well fed

Bor­rowed Kitchen pro­vides meals to seven Is­land schools

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE -

Dianne Fuller­ton loves to be in the kitchen pre­par­ing meals for chil­dren.

How­ever, she doesn’t just cook for her own kids, but for boys and girls in seven schools on the Is­land.

Fuller­ton’s busi­ness, Bor­rowed Kitchen, pro­vides meals to ele­men­tary schools that are all with­out a cafe­te­ria.

She started in 2007 by mak­ing meals for se­niors in a rented church kitchen, and has branched out to of­fer home­made op­tions for stu­dents.

“I have a child in kinder­garten right now, and two have gone through the school sys­tem. I like that there’s a health­ier op­tion for the chil­dren.”

She in­cludes fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles with ev­ery meal, and sup­ports lo­cal farm­ers.

Run­ning the busi­ness can be chal­leng­ing be­cause even though she has help from fam­ily in the kitchen, she has to de­liver the food to each school.

“It’s time-con­sum­ing, but I don’t feel I can hire some­body be­cause I want to keep the price point down for the chil­dren,” said Fuller­ton.

She loves be­ing able to make a dif­fer­ence for the chil­dren, and Bor­rowed Kitchen has ex­panded just through word of mouth.

“I don’t hear much feed­back, but I know it’s work­ing be­cause I typ­i­cally get one or two calls from a new school ev­ery year ask­ing if I’m avail­able.”

Prin­ci­pal San­dra Jay at Green­field Ele­men­tary said Bor­rowed Kitchen is the per­fect fit for the school.

They re­ceive meals from Fuller­ton on Wed­nes­days and Fri­days, and have been one of the schools on her list for about two years.

Some of the meals for the stu­dents in­clude grilled cheese sand­wiches, whole-wheat pan­cakes, soft tacos, and cheese­burg­ers.

Jay said it’s con­ve­nient for par­ents in­volved in the pro­gram be­cause they don’t have to worry about a packed lunch ev­ery day.

As well, any food that was al­ready pre­pared on storm days went to the Up­per Room soup kitchen in Char­lot­te­town, she said.

She said the stu­dents don’t have any com­plaints about what gets de­liv­ered for lunch.

“We have a good re­sponse from the chil­dren. The food op­tions are pop­u­lar, and they re­ally like it.”

Pro­gram pro­vides meals to schools.

ANCELENE MACKIN­NON/ TC MEDIA

Ian Mosher, a kinder­garten stu­dent at Green­field Ele­men­tary, gets ready to eat his lunch pre­pared by Bor­rowed Kitchen, which pro­vides stu­dents at seven Is­land schools with healthy, home­made food.

ANCELENE MACKIN­NON/ TC MEDIA

From left, kinder­garten stu­dents Noah Lynch, Lo­gan Mac­Don­ald, and Rayna Gallant, each hold up a food item from Bor­rowed Kitchen on Fri­day at Green­field Ele­men­tary.

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