Hanover's Launch Pad Youth Activity and Technology Center is putting its commercial kitchen to good use.
Every Wednesday from now until Christmas, Launch Pad is offering a free hot meal program for youth ages 12 to 18 at 6 pm.
This pilot program has been made possible thanks to the MAZON Canada Foundation as well as the Bruce County Beef producers.
Launch Pad Executive Director Emily Morrison says the hot meal program ties in beautifully with current Launch Pad programming and facilities.
Launch Pad boasts a health inspected commercial kitchen, event space along with all of the tools, cookware, plates and cutlery needed to make this hot meal program a success.
Every Wednesday Launch Pad offers an Intermediate Cooking class to youth taught by a professional chef.
The food prepared from the cooking class is used to feed those youth who come out for the free hot meal at 6 pm.
Morrison hopes this pilot project will become a permanent one, but this will be dependent upon future sponsorship and support from within the local community.
Launch Pad is open Tuesday to Friday from 3:30 to 8 pm for youth 12 to 18 years of age and offers after school and evening programming focused on skills-based learning in addition to a youth drop-in space.
Morrison says Launch Pad is all about youth exploring their curiosity, discovering their niche and enhancing their skill set.