Food Hub Pilot Project

“Canned tomatoes” by devlyn is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Interested in being one of the food businesses
in the food hub pilot?

Contact us at foodhub@kamloopsfoodpolicycouncil.com
or call 778-376-2141

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Agriculture to conduct this combined pilot and feasibility research project! Read the official news release here.

In addition to feasibility research and the development of a business model, funding covers a four-month pilot project to test the best ways to support small food businesses and to expand food processing in our region. The pilot will match six businesses with tailored mentorship and services, such as commercial kitchen space, storage, specialized equipment, and lab testing. General support, workshops, and resources will also be available for a broader number of businesses and those interested in starting a food business.

The pilot project is offered in partnership with Kamloops Innovation, Tapestry Evaluation, and TRU. Kamloops Innovation will draw on their experience offering mentorship and community building with the tech community and broaden this out for application with food businesses. Robyn McLean, principal at Tapestry Evaluation, will be the Food Hub Project Manager, overseeing the food hub coordinator and feasibility research.

Robyn McLean, Food Hub Project Manager & Lincoln Smith, ED of Kamloops Innovation

This study grew out of a project, led by the Kamloops Food Policy Council and supported through the Real Estate Foundation, which brought government and community partners together to figure out how to implement the many food policies that have been created for our region. This food hub funding from the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Agriculture is considered an early success and grew out of the goal to increase food processing facilities in the region.

This success is thanks to the Food Hub Working Group members, including representation from:

  • the City of Kamloops (multiple departments)
  • Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development — Regional Economic Operations
  • Kamloops Innovation
  • Venture Kamloops
  • Community Futures Development Corporation of Central Interior First Nations
  • Skeetchestn Natural Resources Corporation
  • Farm to Chef
  • Kamloops Organic Buying Club
  • Kamloops Public Market Coop