A just and sustainable food system…

The Central Okanagan Food Policy Council (COFPC) is a group of people who are working towards food security and a thriving local food system in the Central Okanagan. The COFPC board and membership represents the non-profit, health, and business sectors and also includes people with a passion in supporting community food security and our local food system.

The COFPC provides an opportunity for people and groups to connect and share information and resources, and a chance for people interested in food-related issues in the Central Okanagan’s to work together towards common goals.  We connect with all of the municipalities in the area: Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake Country and Peachland.

 

    Join us in working towards a just and sustainable food system!

    Membership helps support the work of the COFPC and is only $20/year.

    VISION

    A resilient food system that meets the needs of the Central Okanagan Community.

    MISSION

    To nurture a just and sustainable food system through policy, education, and food action.

    GOALS

    • To influence food policy at the municipal level
    • To provide education to increase awareness of all aspects of the food system
    • To support food action projects/initiatives through
      1. Coordination and development of up to one project at a time
      2. Consultation
      3. Connection

    Some helpful definitions!

    Food Security exists when all community residents have economic and physical access to enough healthy, safe food available through a food system that can be sustained for generations to come, and that maximizes community self-reliance and social justice

    Economic access means that all community members have enough money to purchase food at healthy food retail.  The cost of living has increased while wages and government subsidies have not.  Many people who are working do not make enough money buy food after paying rent, bills, transportation and other important things.  Also, people who receive disability and social assistance, the payments do not cover the cost of living often.  While food program can help those who use them make ends meet, research shows that the best way to ensure people have economic access to food is though a basic income guarantee government subsidy.

    Physical Access means that food is easily accesible and is close to where we live, work, play and learn.

    • Healthy food retail: grocery stores, farmers’ markets, farm gates sales
    • Community gardens
    • Edible landscapes
    • Productive agricultural land
    • Farmers
    • Transportation systems
    • Food production that protects the environment

    Physical access contributes to food self-sufficiency, which protects us from possible threats of relying on the global food system.

    Our food system is complex! Everything from how our food is produced, sold, eaten, and thrown away/composted is included! So is any policy or rules about food, how we educate and learn about food, any research about food, and how we celebrate food. Look at this helpful graphic:

    This food system graphic was developed by Kwatlen Polytechnic University’s Institute for Sustainable Food Systems.

    Food policy is the area of public policy concerning how food is:

    • Produced
    • Processed
    • Distributed
    • Purchased

    Food policies are designed to influence the operation of the food and agriculture system.

    This often includes decision-making around: production and processing techniques, marketing, availability, utilization and consumption of food, in the interest of meeting or furthering social objectives.

    Food policy can be addressed at many levels:

    • From local To global
    • By a government agency
    • Business
    • Organization

    Food policymakers engage in activities such as regulation of food-related industries, ensuring safety of the food supply and food labeling.

    Meet Our Board and Crew

    Jill Worboys

    Jill Worboys

    Treasurer

    Jill Worboys is a Public Health Dietitian with Interior Health, based in Kelowna.  Jill works alongside community groups and is on the board of the Central Okanagan Food Policy Council, helping move forward food action and food policy.  Also, by linking health to agriculture, food production and land use, Jill is able to work with local governments by providing a health lens on the importance of protecting agriculture land.  Jill also sits on the City Kelowna’s Agriculture Advisory Committee as a representative of Interior Health’s Food Security Program.  Jill is very passionate about all aspects of food; from growing, to cooking and preserving….and eating!

    Christina Wist

    Contractor

    Bio coming soon!

    Central Okanagan Food Policy Council

    PO Box 22001

    Kelowna, BC

    V1Y 9N9

     

    cofpcs@gmail.com