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Network Meeting Summary
September 4, 2019

Secwepemc Word of the Month

ga7is (aw-iss)= dark clouds loom overhead before a storm

Board Update
– Last month’s AGM brought in a new composition for our Board. Welcome to returning Directors, Lindsay Harris, Sian Lewis, Glenn Hilke, Carole Hebden, and Rob Wright, as well as new Board Directors Percy Folkard, Jesse Ritcey, and Simone Jennings.
– A warm welcome to this evening’s network meeting was extended to Interior Health’s new Public Health Dietician, Bronwyn; TNRD’s new Planner, Urszula; and three members of the City of Kamloops Planning Department, Jason, Carmin, and Andrew. This was a first network meeting for many of them and we’re so pleased they could join us!
– An exciting announcement that PopCycle was featured in the Globe and Mail in August. Way to go, Greg!

Staff Update
– KFPC received Community Food Action Initiative funding through Interior Health and is looking forward to deepening into our network work related to our value statements and how they connect with the evaluation rubric.
– The Nourish Final Evaluation report was completed and submitted to community partners.
– KFPC was busy over the summer, attending several special events, including: Gardengate’s Salsa Challenge (this was KFPC’s first year ever and the fruit hats were a hit!) and the Pride Parade.

– Membership: It’s a new membership year after the AGM in August. To become a member (which means you can vote at the AGM and become a Board Director), you need to attend a network meeting and check off the member column on our sign-up sheet.
Website Calendar: It seems like there are a ton of events happening in Kamloops. Help us to keep our community informed by posting events to the website calendar. Scroll down on our home page until you find it!

Community Spotlight ~ Food Hub Meet & Greet
Robyn McLean, Food Hub Project Manager, was excited to introduce the Food Hub Coordinator, Shannon Mazereeuw and Food Hub Research Assistant, Kathy Sinclair.

Robyn also introduced three of the four pilot food businesses who were in attendance:


Nic & Kent from Local Pulse – Dehydrated hummus and high protein cereal using yellow peas. https://www.localpulse.ca

Ally from Honest elixirs – Superfood drink mix. https://www.honestelixirs.ca

Lizzy and Josh from Forest Foods and Skeetchestn Natural Resources LP – a partnership to harvest and package non-timber forest products in partnership with rights and title holders. For example, packaging and selling morel mushrooms in Secwépemc territory (see https://www.elephanthillfire.com)

Salty Fig Catering – Working on packaging a line of preserves. – https://www.facebook.com/saltyfigcatering/

The photo at the top of the post shows the Food Hub Crew, along with the Working Group members who worked together to bring this idea to life and pilot food businesses.


Business mentorship through Kamloops Innovation starts next week and the Food Hub Coordinator, Shannon, will be getting started on compiling resources and supports for any and all food businesses in the Kamloops region. This will include identifying commercial kitchen spaces and potential dry/cold storage facilities in the region. One of the key questions for the feasibility study is to determine if Kamloops has enough resources to support a decentralized food hub model or will a centralized space be required?

The remaining time was facilitated discussion around actual food business ideas in the room and brainstorming what food businesses should exist.

Announcements
-Lincoln Best is here (he splits his time between Oregon and Calgary) to facilitate a workhop on native bee identification. This will take place on Sunday, September 8, 9 – 4, $55. Details on the the website calendar.
– Glenn raised the idea of starting up a resto-pop in Kamloops, where folks from all socio-economic levels can eat together–a cross class model for restaurants!
– The Big Edition, latest edition, was on offer at the meeting. An independent, commercial free newspaper that started in January that offers an alternative to panhandling. The December issue is all about food, so send in your contributions.
– Tomato Festival is at the Kamloops Farmers’ Market on Saturday, September 7, 8:30 – 12:30.
– Venture Kamloops is hosting LinkUp2019 in November. Adapt & Innovate: The Future of Local Business.

Upcoming Events – Save the Dates & Get Tix!
Check out our Events Calendar on the KFPC website.

Next Meeting: October 2, 2019, 5:30 – 7:30
@ Mount Paul Community Food Centre
140 Laburnum Street
Eat, Think, Vote!
– This will be an all candidates’ forum on food.

Chair: ICS
Set Up: Clark
Clean Up: Glenn

It’s always a pleasure to stop by the SHOP kitchen on Thursday mornings. The volunteers there cook up a delicious, nutritious meal for some of our communities most disadvantaged women and give them extra food to put in their packs. They rescue discarded produce from the food bank and this year, grew their own organic heritage tomatoes and cucumbers with plants donated by SSOL Gardens.

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A lovely box of  GAP fruit ready to share with SHOP participants!

 

Food Recovery, Recovered Onions

 

 

 

 

Barb with some recovered onions from the food bank chopped and ready to go into a delicious meatloaf.

The GAP shares a lot of gleaned fruit with our partners at JUMP.

GAP apricots

JUMP is a volunteer-run Not-For-Profit organization operating a drop in centre on the North Shore that provides free community meals, produce markets, and urban community gardens. JUMP creates opportunities for people of all ages who may be struggling economically, socially and nutritionally to stabilize their lives and meet the challenges of sustaining a healthy lifestyle. It facilitates a network of peer support that helps individuals and families build personal capacity as well as our community by participating together as volunteers to achieve food security, social integration and community development.

We talked to Addie de Candole about how the KFPC network helps to support Kamloops’ Farm To School BC program! The network model we have is pretty unique, and quite powerful!

Check out the video HERE!

For more information about Farm to School, check out their website.

For more information about the Kamloops Hub Region, check out this page.

Check out this great video to learn more about what Logan Lake is doing to get their students to eat healthier and more locally!

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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

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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Funding has been announced for the Centre for Seniors Information to update their kitchen to a fully functioning, large-scale community kitchen to create a hub for social inclusiveness and teach people about cooking, baking, canning and freezing food! The funding was provided by the BC Ministry of Health.

(Photo: Laura Kalina, MLA Todd Stone, a volunteer, MLA Terry Lake, Brenda Prevost, and another volunteer at the Centre for Seniors Information) Read more

Exciting news, Kamloops has been chosen as one of the three provincial Farm to School Regional Hub! This means that more local food will be working its way into eight of our local schools! To do that, we are looking to hire a part-time Community Animator in the Kamloops region to develop a Farm to School Regional Hub, including the formation of a Steering Committee and eight new Farm to School programs. Spread the word far and wide, the deadline to apply is December 16, 2015!

Job Description: Kamloops Farm to School Regional Hub Community Animator

BACKGROUND

Established in 2007, Farm to School BC (F2SBC) is a diverse and expanding provincial network that promotes, supports, and links F2S activity, policy and programs across the province.

Farm to School (F2S) programs bring healthy, local food into schools, and provide students with hands-on learning opportunities that foster food literacy, all while strengthening the local food system and enhancing school and community connectedness. F2S empowers students and school communities to make informed food choices while contributing to vibrant, sustainable regional food systems that support the health of people, place and planet.

At this time F2SBC is preparing to grow the number of Farm to School programs across the province and develop F2S Regional Hubs in three urban centres. The development of the three Regional Hubs will help foster collaboration and collective impact at the regional level.

The Regional Hub Community Animator will enable and facilitate the development of a Farm to School Regional Hub in the Kamloops Region. The role of the Animator will be to build capacity and resilience within the community around Farm to School, unleashing the creativity of the community and schools in the region to sow the seeds for long term Farm to School success.