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Food Security in the City – March Network Meeting

At March’s Network Meeting, Jason Locke (left) and Ben Chobater from the City of Kamloops will be shedding light on the purpose of the Official Community Plan (OCP) — the City’s guiding land use and development document. Locke and Chobater will describe how the OCP relates to food systems and food security in the community, as well as any food security actions as a result.

Remember to bring a dish to share for the potluck! The Network Meeting runs from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at the Mt. Paul Community Food Centre (140 Laburnum Street).

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Mexican Cuisine Workshop

Join us for our first (of several) joint cooking workshop with Kamloops Immigrant Services!

There are still spaces available and the registration has been extended. Contact Elizabeth Brown to sign up: communityconnection@kcris.ca or 778-470-6101.

We’re Hiring a Communications Coordinator!

The KFPC is hiring!! We are looking for a vibrant communications and administration coordinator, to help us grow our public profile and let people know what we’re all about. An interest and involvement in local food systems and food security is an asset.

The contract runs from November 13, 2017-March 31, 2018, working out of the Mt Paul Food Centre or your home. Job posting closes on November 3 at 5pm.

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions, and we hope to see any interested contractors at our November 1 meeting!

To submit your resume and cover letter, email it to Addie at kamloopsfoodpolicy@gmail.com By November 3.

KFPC Job Description for Comm_Admin Role 2017

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New report on food insecurity in British Columbia

Half a Million People Experience Food Insecurity in British Columbia, Says New Report 
Northern British Columbia Especially Vulnerable

TORONTO, August 31, 2016 — Almost half a million British Columbians experienced some level of household food insecurity in 2011-2012, according to a new report from PROOF, a research group based at the University of Toronto.

Drawing on data from Statistic Canada’s Canadian Community Health Survey, the report finds over one in ten B.C. households struggling to put food on the table in 2011-12. Families with children under the age of 18 were at an even greater risk of food insecurity, with one in six B.C. children living in a food insecure household.

Click here to read the rest of the story and full report!

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News item – City of Victoria may allow produce sales by homeowners

Victoria residents could soon benefit from the fruits — and vegetables — of their labour.

City council is considering letting residents sell backyard fruit and veggies at urban roadside stands to improve local food security.

Here is the link to the CBC article:

 

 

The Canadian Food Industry – A Globe and Mail Series

The Globe and Mail is publishing a 5 part weekly series on the Canadian Food Industry.  Check it out if you are interested at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/food-and-wine/the-food-53-thegatekeepers/article31118114/#index

We’re Hiring – Summer Student!

Job Posting:KamlLogo-Banneroops Food Action Summer Student

The KFPC and the Farmers’ Market are hiring a summer student this year! The job is available to any full time students returning to school in the fall. The 10-week job will be 30 hours/week helping with the Gleaning Abundance Program and the Farmers’ Market. Email Sandra at gleaningabundance@gmail.com by Friday, June 3 with your resume. We look forward to hearing from you!

This position encompasses two roles; approximately 20 hours a week assisting the Community Food Action Coordinator on the Gleaning Abundance Program, and 10 hours a week working with the managers of the Kamloops Regional Farmers’ Market.

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Kamloops Food Bank – 2015 Year in Review

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This document highlights the activities of the Kamloops Food Bank and provides statistics for 2015 (and previous years for comparison)

2015 – KFB Summary

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Farm2School Meeting

Farm2School Meeting 11-10-15

Many of our KFPC board members attended a Farm2School meeting today to discuss the next steps of the program here in Kamloops. There was great energy and ideas being shared, and we at the KFPC are excited to be a part of this wonderful group of people!

If you have any questions about the Farm to School program here in Kamloops, email Keira McPhee at keiramc [at] gmail.com.

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We’re famous!

Shaw TV did a great video summarizing our programs at our 20th anniversary celebration! Check it out here.