Food Hub

FOOD HUB PROJECT

The Kamloops Food Policy Council (KFPC) envisions a local food system that is regenerative, sovereign and just. We believe that growing the local food sector, and enabling more “made in Kamloops” products is a pathway to a green and more diversified economy.

In 2019, the KFPC partnered with a number of stakeholders in the region to access funding from the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture to carry out the “Kamloops Food Processing and Innovation Hub Feasibility Pilot.”

A Food Hub provides the infrastructure needed to reduce the barriers for local food producers, processors and farmers in the region. The feasibility study strongly suggested the need for and feasibility of a food innovation and processing hub for the Kamloops region. Feedback from food businesses indicated that the key challenges they face could be addressed through the support and infrastructure available through a Food Hub.

The Food Hub Model

Enterprise Development The focus is to increase the number, size and diversity of food businesses and initiatives in our region. We will continue to offer mentorship and support to food businesses in partnership with Kamloops Innovation.

Processing Facilities We are collaborating with community partners to establish shared food processing facilities that will be available for rental by food entrepreneurs. The focus of these facilities is to incubate new food businesses, promote innovation, lower costs of food processing, and offer a vibrant experience for customers.

Distribution and Aggregation –  We plan to connect food businesses with larger and local distributors such as the Kamloops Organics Buying Club and other local food outlets.

Food Recovery – We will work with community partners and the Gleaning Abundance Program to process surplus fresh produce. These processed products will be donated to partner agencies or sold in a social enterprise model to raise funds for KFPC’s programs.

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Kamloops Businesses Surveyed

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Businesses Registered

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Food Hub Partnerships

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The Groundbreaking Kamloops Food Hub Project Awarded Provincial Grant

We are celebrating a recent announcement from the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries! Kamloops Food Policy Council in partnership with the City of Kamloops was awarded $750,000 to provide shared…
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We're Hiring: Food Hub Coordinator

The Kamloops Food Policy Council is looking to hire a Full-Time Food Hub Coordinator who will be responsible for supporting food processing in the Kamloops region, by facilitating a food hub for the region. The long-term vision for the food…

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We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia