Once upon a time
The Kamloops Food Policy Council is the longest-standing independent food policy council in Canada: pollinating projects, developing partnerships, and contributing to public policy since 1995.
In the early 1990’s, Laura Kalina, a public health dietitian with Interior Health, saw that many people in our community were going hungry, and pulled together a group of concerned, dedicated people from business, government, non-profits and the farming community to form the Kamloops Food Policy Council with the goal of working collectively on solutions to food insecurity.
Laura, together with Paula Rubinson, an organic farmer and one of the founders of the Kamloops Farmer’s Market, co-chaired the council and hosted our monthly potlucks for our first 20 years.
The KFPC inspires and establishes programming through a community development approach. Many of the programs initiated by the KFPC continue to thrive today through our network partners.