“People and community groups working together ”
to build a community where all persons at all times have enough food for well-being.
GAP partners up volunteer pickers with private home owners to glean excess produce from their property. Pickers work in small groups and are sent by the coordinator to private yards to pick produce. Learn More >>
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Established as a not-for-profit organization, the Kamloops Food Policy Council (KFPC) acts as umbrella to 20-30 food- related associations in our area. KFPC emphasizes public education on food security issues as well as supports concrete food system programs, of which Public Produce is one. Public Produce is part of Community Food Action Program of the KFPC. The current Public Produce site is located at McDonald Park on the North Shore, on the perimeter of the community garden. There is a second Public Produce site on the corner of Elm St and Tranquille that is currently under construction. In 2011, with the help of a City of Kamloops Social Planning Grant, KFPC brought Darrin Nordahl, author of “Public Produce” to speak to our community. http://www.darrinnordahl.com Soon after, the first public garden (Kamloops Public Produce ) was planted with a small grant from Interior Health Authority on an abandoned city lot in downtown Victoria Street. This pilot project was extraordinarily successful because of community engagement. It was a program that the city residents embraced, either volunteering time and/or by donating services. Commitment ranged from the United Way Day of Caring by the Royal Bank employees, to the installation of an irrigation system by Painless Underground Sprinklers, to help from such diverse institutions as the Kamloops Regional Correction Centre and the Stuart Wood Elementary School. Master Gardeners have always been an integral part of the Program, offering advice and expertise as well as help with maintenance....
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.
Here are the minutes from August 3rd networking meeting.Read More
There has been a flurry of media coverage about our Gleaning Abundance Program, we hope this gets the word about about this fabulous program! Check out this article and TV interview we did recently. For more information about the program, check out GAP’s website.
We are going to be trying out a new format for this KFPC meeting, and will be highlighting one of our member organizations, Gardengate! We will have also have time to hear from the Kamloops Makerspace about their new chicken coop design, and from Marcia Dick about hosting Just Eat It as part of the Films for Change series. After dinner, there will be some time devoted to networking, so you will have time to talk to those people you may not have to chance to during regular meetings. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting next week and letting us know what you think of the new structure.
Remember, the meeting starts at 5:30pm at Mt Paul United Church at 140 Laburnum St. It will be a potluck dinner as always!Read More