Become a Host


Host a Program

Diabetes Canada partners with eligible host organizations to deliver Food Skills for Families programs in community. Organizations must meet specific criteria to become a program host.


Target Population Requirements

Ability to Reach a Target Population: The host organization must be able to reach at least one of the five target groups which are; Indigenous, Punjabi, Newcomers, Low Income or Active Seniors.

Ability to Register 12 Participants: The program is designed for a maximum of 12 participants. Over registration is encouraged if there is a history of no shows among participants. The program should not start until at least 10 participants are registered and Diabetes Canada should be informed if participation drops below 8. ALL participants must be 18 years or older or 13 years or older if proper youth protocols are in place.  Hosts must be able to communicate to potential participants the program’s time commitment of attending a three-hour session once per week, every week, for six consecutive weeks.

Participant Confirmation: A few days prior to the first session participants should be called and reminded of their registration.


Kitchen and Teaching Facility Requirements

Kitchen Rental: Ability to book a kitchen for six weeks, four hours for six consecutive weekly sessions. 30 min set-up – 3-hour program – 30 min clean-up. Session Five takes place at a grocery store.

Equipped Kitchen: Required equipment is listed on the Master Equipment List below.

Space to Cook, Teach + Dine: Kitchen with space for 10-14 individuals to cook comfortably or a smaller kitchen with a teaching room/area attached that can also be used for food preparations. Teaching area with table and chairs that can comfortably accommodate 14 individuals. This area will be used for the Dining and Discussion portion of the program.

Download a PDF version of these requirements including kitchen equipment list: Food Skills for Families Host Requirements


Program Funding

Most of Food Skills for Families program funding is awarded at the beginning of the year with additional funding being awarded throughout the year as budget allows. If awarded funding, Diabetes Canada would cover the following:

Facilitator Wage: Community Facilitators may be eligible to bill Diabetes Canada directly for the time it takes to lead this program.

Funding for a Facilitator is available ONCE per year if no staff member is trained. Partners hoping to run more than one program per year should consider training a staff member as a facilitator.

Groceries: Diabetes Canada will cover all food costs related to the running of this program. Food eligible for reimbursement is listed on the grocery shopping lists found in the Facilitator Manual. Shopping should be done by the Facilitator. The Facilitator is required to submit an invoice and original copies of all food receipts directly to Diabetes Canada for reimbursement.

Participant Handbooks: Each participant (max 12) will be provided a book to keep, it contains all the recipes cooked in class as well as helpful tips, tricks and recipe modifications.

Program Materials: Session One and Session Six forms, Canada Food Guides, Diabetes handouts, Certificates of Completion, grocery store gift bags and name-tags.

Support: Diabetes Canada Food Skills for Families program staff are available by phone and email to provide additional support and guidance throughout the length of your program.


How to Apply

B.C. Residents: Download a HOST APPLICATION form and submit it to

Non B.C. Residents: Email to inquire about partnership opportunities.