This document highlights the activities of the Kamloops Food Bank and provides statistics for 2015 (and previous years for comparison)
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.
Shaw TV did a great video summarizing our programs at our 20th anniversary celebration! Check it out here.
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
Join us in celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Kamloops Food Policy Council on Wed, May 6th. See the poster for further details AGM_Poster15
The Real Estate Foundation came to town, and asked a few of us Kamloopsians what we thought of the food system here in the Interior. So we told them! Here is the summary report from that discussion.
The Real Estate Foundation has a wonderful grant program that funds many food security/sovereignty projects across the province, so it was an amazing opportunity to tell them about what we need here in the Interior’s food system!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEWednesday, January 21, 2015Let’s Talk: Food and Urban Agriculture Plan – Harvesting Our PotentialKamloops, BC – The City is working on a Food and Urban Agriculture Plan and wants to hear from you.What is the Food and Urban Agriculture Plan? Urban hens, farmers’ markets, community gardens, virtual food hubs, composting, edible landscapes, gleaning, backyard sharing, community kitchens, gardening techniques that conserve or reuse water, and much, much more – come on out and share your ideas on anything to do with local food and urban agriculture.There are several ways to provide input on the plan:Attend an Open House:These events will feature activities, informative posters, online and hard copy surveys, live music, and local food demonstrations. · Saturday, January 31st, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm at North Hills Mall near the Extra Foods entrance. Entertainment will be provided by Johnson Sandwich.· Saturday, February 7th, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, at the lower level of Aberdeen Mall. Entertainment provided by Margit Bull.A Kamloops-exclusive, Chef David will be participating in a Black Box Food Challenge at the Open Houses. Audience members will choose from a selection of black boxes that hide locally-grown food items. Chef David will then have 20 minutes to prepare a gourmet dish with this mystery item and share with audience members. Learn about local food production while watching the sweat on the chef’s brow as he tests his talents to beat the clock.Contact Your Community Association:We want to meet with you where you are. If there is an interest in providing input into the Food and Urban Agriculture Plan in your neighbourhood, please discuss with your community association and ask that they contact City staff to arrange a meeting.Complete the Online Survey:Go to the City’s Food Security webpage at www.kamloops.ca/letstalk and click on the on-line survey link. Leave your name and contact information to be added to the stakeholder contact list, and entered into a chance to win one of four $150 gift certificates from the garden centres at Art Knapp or Lyons!The public engagement phase for the Food and Urban Agriculture Plan will run through the end of February. More information on the plan can be found at:www.kamloops.ca/foodsecurity.Media Contact:Carmin Mazzotta, Social and Community Development SupervisorCity of Kamloops
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!
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.
To further strengthen the governance of the Kamloops Food Policy Council, a strategic plan is being developed. This plan articulates who we are as an organization, what we wish to accomplish, and how we wish to undertake our tasks. This document will provide a general guide to our organization for the next 5 years. In addition, it will provide the context for more detailed annual plans which will guide our activities on a year to year basis.
The KFPC board has drafted a Vision, Mission and Strategic Goals for our organization. Now we need to hear from KFPC members. Are we on the right track? Did we leave something important out?
Please review this document kfpc_strategic_plan_nov14_draft and provide comments by email to email@example.com by November 28. It is the intent of the board to bring a strategic plan to the membership for approval at a general meeting in 2015.
The Food Policy Council encourages our members to complete the short, online survey that can be found here.
It’s important that KFPC members help shape the future of this sizeable public land mass that has considerable agricultural potential. For background information visit here.
We could not do the important work we do without the support of our generous sponsors:
We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia