Who is the Kamloops Food Policy Council?
The Kamloops Food Policy Council, based in Kamloops, BC Canada, is on the traditional, unceded territory of the Secwepemc people who have, and continue to, nourish themselves and this land for millenia. This ancient gathering place, where the North and South Thompson Rivers meet is called T’kemlups in the Secwepemc language, Secwepemctsin. This land is called Secwepemculecw.
The Kamloops Food Policy Council is the longest-standing independent food policy council in Canada: pollinating community food projects, developing partnerships, and contributing to public policy since 1995!
In the early 1990s, our founder Laura Kalina, a public health dietitian with Interior Health, saw many in our community going hungry. After pulling together a group of concerned, dedicated people from business, government, non-profits, and the farming community, the Kamloops Food Policy Council was formed to work collectively on solutions around food insecurity. Read more on our story here!
The KFPC continues to inspire and establish food security work by building grassroots community capacity around food through our programs, policy advocacy, education, and partnerships. Learn more about our vision, goals, and programming.