The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club on R Street is excited to debut its newly renovated community kitchen to the surrounding neighborhood and the Richmond community at large. The goal for this community kitchen is to provide residents access to healthy foods, knowledge and skills to change and improve eating behaviors, and impact their long term health outcomes. The kitchen is also open to community members of all ages to utilize any cooking needs, as a gathering space or to learn about healthy eating and cooking practices. “This space is a great opportunity for members of the community to socialize, cook, and eat alongside each other in a beautiful, highly operational kitchen that they may not otherwise have access to. The health department is proud to introduce the use of this facility as one of the ways that the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club is working to alleviate some of the food access and equity issues that affect about 1/3 of the city’s landscape,” said Hannah Robbins, Chronic Disease Prevention Project Coordinator of the Richmond City Health Department. “This partnership and support from the Richmond City Health Department has really been a catalyst and compliment for where we see the Club being positioned in the East End over the next few years,” said Major Timothy Carter of The Salvation Army. “The opportunities for improving health outcomes, nutrition education and overall access to healthy foods will benefit everyone who comes through here.” An Open House and Kitchen Dedication will take place on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, 3701 R Street, Richmond, Virginia beginning at 11:30 AM. RSVP online here or text SABGCKITCHEN to 51555.