Our Story

Once upon a time

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 our first 20 years.

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.


The Kamloops Food Policy Council continues to grow. There’s now a collaborative leadership structure of three part-time 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


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