Have you ever heard the name Kamloops Food Policy Council (KFPC) and wondered who they are and what they do? We would like to introduce you to the organization and welcome you to join the network!
The Kamloops Food Policy Council is the first independent food policy council in Canada established in 1995. Over the past 25 years, KFPC has been advocating for food policy, educating the public on food related issues, establishing programs and supporting the creation of local food programs such as Gardengate, Foodshare, community gardens and community kitchens. Today, KFPC is known for running three programs/projects, the Seed Saving Library, the Gleaning Abundance Program (BAP) and the Butler Urban Farm (BUF). All are welcome to volunteer by gleaning fruit or growing food! Visit the websites
below to get involved.
Do you have a passion for issues in our community? Our values at KFPC are all encompassing. KFPC has seven core values that guide our work: 1) A resilient food system: healthy land and water,
2) alleviation of poverty: equitable access to healthy, culturally appropriate food,
3) local economic vitality: support for regional food providers,
4) our network: celebrating people as gifts and the cultivation of connections,
5) indigenous food sovereignty: decolonizing relations and the restoration of ecological food systems,
6) food literacy: intergenerational knowledge transfer and sharing best practices and research,
7) food commons: the revitalization of local food assets and the sharing economy Collaboration is key at KFPC, this is reflected within our organization’s collaborative leadership structure.
All voices and ideas are valued which contributes to our ability to be nimble and flexible in the face of change. This past year showed us how important a resilient food system is, KFPC responded quickly in action to the changing world by providing recommendations to the Mayor’s Task Force on Economic Recovery and Renewal and launching a Resiliency Gardening Campaign to promote more local food production.
Prior to the spring of 2020, KFPC hosted legendary monthly potlucks. All are welcome to enjoy delicious eats, connect with the community and discuss new work happening in the community. We look forward to a time when we can gather in person again, until then we are connecting online and keeping the conversation going. All are welcome to our monthly network meetings, join our mailing list to get the details! Our March network meeting is part three of a series on Race and the Food System.
Cultivating a sense of community is what we aspire for at KFPC. No matter who you are or the organization you may represent, KFPC’s network has a place for you. If you eat, you belong. Food is something that brings us together, and we love celebrating over it. Visit us at https://kamloopsfoodpolicycouncil.com/ or connect with Deborah Ogundimu our Communications and Administration Lead to learn more at firstname.lastname@example.org