Our Story

About Us

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 the KFPC’s first 20 years.  In those initial years,  Al Oliver, from the Ministry of Agriculture, also played a significant role in developing the council and supporting the expansion of Kamloops’s community garden program.

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. Such examples include:


The Kamloops Food Policy Council continues to grow. There’s now a collaborative leadership structure of staff, an elected board and a very robust network of members from Kamloops, including our volunteers, donors, and representatives from government and non-profit partner organizations. We still meet monthly for our amazing potlucks!

The Kamloops Food Policy Council  is a registered Canadian Charity (867490567 RR0001) and non-profit registered under the BC Societies Act.

KFPC Society Registration and Constitution

KFPC bylaws – Approved August 2018

KFPC Strategic Plan 2015-2020, 2018 Revision