The Mount Paul Community Food Centre will open its doors to the community next Tuesday, with an an open house celebration of its official launch.
In September 2016, Interior Community Services bought the Mount Paul United Church in North Kamloops and undertook a major renovation of the building at 140 Laburnum St., including an extensive renovation of the exterior and interior of the building, an expansion of a commercial kitchen and the addition of an educational garden. From there, Interior Community Services has operated programs with a focus on nutrition, health, social change and growing community capacity.
Now, as a result of a partnership between Interior Community Services and Community Food Centres Canada, the Mount Paul Community Food Centre is the 11th Community Food Centre in Canada and one of only two in BC.
“The Mount Paul Community Food Centre aims to empower, engage, and support the community with barrier-free food programs,” centre manager Dawn Christie said. “Community members can access healthy food, expand their food skills and literacy, improve their health, find new friends and
support and take action on community issues.”
Nick Saul, president and CEO of Community Food Centres Canada, said community food centres use food as a tool to build better health,
belonging and social justice.
“It’s absolutely unacceptable that so many people in Kamloops and across this province and country struggle every day to put food on the table,” Saul said. “Poverty and food insecurity have serious impacts on people’s health and on us as a society. We need to take action.”
Grand opening of the community food centre will take place on Tuesday, June 4, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 140 Laburnum St.