In 2011, Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 274 (Fraser Lake) received a $15,000 grant from Northern Development through the Community Halls and Recreation Facilities program towards this $90,563 project. This has been a funding partnership of Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 274 (Fraser Lake), Northern Development, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Endako Mines, Integris Credit Union, Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society, New Horizons for Seniors, and Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako
2012-Unlike many other Royal Canadian Legion facilities in Canada, the Fraser Lake Legion is thriving, and was in need of an upgrade in order for the kitchen to be adequate for the number of meals that are prepared at the facility. When the kitchen was first built, it was meant to facilitate the occasional meals that the Ladies Auxiliary prepared. Since then, the demand has continually increased, especially since the implementation of the ‘Meals on Wheels’ program that involves the preparation of up to one hundred meals per week that are delivered to homes throughout Fraser Lake.
In addition to high demand, the Health Authority and the Fire Chief have required the Legion to ‘operate at restricted capacity’ until necessary improvements are made to meet required Food Safe standards. In order to meet these standards, the installation of a venting and fire suppression system, three sinks, new appliances, new flooring, and expanding the size of the kitchen and storage space were the main focus of this important project.
In order to make these improvements to the facility, the Royal Canadian Legion secured funding from multiple funding parters, including Northern Development.
Now that the renovation to the kitchen is complete, the Legion will no longer operate under 'restricted capacity'. Community groups that use the facility are also now able to expand their operations in order to meet increased demand for food services within the community.
To meet this demand, the kitchen hours were extended to six days a week, and a full-time cook was hired. This project is now leading to revenue generated directly by the Legion, and as the Legion is a not-for-profit organization, any profits are donated to various organizations from Vanderhoof to Burns Lake. The Legion reports that this project is a great success, not only for the Fraser Lake Legion, but for the multiple organizations that receive funding from the Legion, and the individuals who benefit from the 'Meals on Wheels' program in Fraser Lake.