Community Food Security Session Series

Upcoming sessions 2023-2024

The Land to Table Regional Community Food Hub is excited to continue the momentum generated at our last food security gathering in March of 2023. We are planning dedicated time to share ideas, problem solve, and continue to collaborate on food security initiatives in our community. Please mark your calendars for our Community Food Security Sessions where we hope folks can provide updates of their needs, resources, and successes, and we can focus on specific food security projects and opportunities available to our network. The sessions will be:

  • October 4, 2023: 1-3 p.m. PT (online) – Event Page
  • January 10, 2024: 1-3 p.m. PT (online) – Event Page
  • March 6, 2024: 12:00 – 4 p.m. PT (in-person) – Event Page

If you would like to learn more, please contact Sammy at

Thank you for joining us!

Land to Table held a Community Food Security Planning Session on March 2nd, bringing together individuals from various organizations, local government, and educational, health, and religious institutions throughout the North Okanagan region who are addressing food insecurity with an interest to move towards greater community food security overall. This was the first event of this size that we have hosted in 3 years! All agreed it was good to gather in this way!

Nearly 30 representatives were present! We were pleased to have our Spokes, Whitevalley Resource Centre, Okanagan Indian Band, the Good Food Box, share their insights on their programs and how the Hub has contributed to their capacity and growth. Hub Advisor, Linda Boyd from Interior Health, also presented on food security and insecurity within a BC context. Their presentations are linked below for your interest. 

Attendees were encouraged to network and collaborate at breakout tables to identify gaps and challenges to their work, brainstorm solutions, and share opportunities. The event provided valuable insights, and Land to Table discovered that the most effective way to support food security actors in our region is by:

  • Taking a bird’s eye perspective to identify collective needs and opportunities (e.g. “holding the whole” when it comes to developing our local food system)
  • Facilitating connections and providing coordination to address resource gaps
  • Advocating for policy change around food safety and liability regulations that prevent organizations from delivering fresh and local food and educational opportunities with local producers.

Past Event: Reconnect and Network with L2T

As a United Way Regional Community Food Hub (RCFH) Steward organization, Land to Table connects and supports community organizations who provide food access and meal programs in the North Okanagan. We aim to secure more equitable access to local, sustainable, healthy, and culturally connected food for those in need.

As need increases across our communities, now feels like an important time to meet and plan for how we can better support this sector, collaborate through project work, share resources, and address the systemic issues that impact food security.

Join Land to Table on Thursday, March 2nd, 2023, from 11:45 am to 4 pm for a Collaborative Community Food Security Planning Session.  Lunch, coffee/tea and snacks will be provided. This will be an in-person meeting held in the Opal Room of the Schubert Centre located at 3505 30th Ave, Vernon, BC V1T 2E6.

Purpose of this Meeting

  • ​​Learn about how the Community Food Hub is operating and the coordination and capacity building support that may be available to your organization.
  • Spark ideas for project collaboration and resource sharing to fill gaps, reduce duplication, access local food, and improve regional food security together.
  • Share about and create opportunities to participate in the United Way Food Link pilot project, including how to: participate, access new technology, and trial a new app to increase access to food donations, local food products, and valuable data


  • 11:45 am Arrive and settle in
  • 12:00 pm Opening – welcome, introductions, and networking
  • 12:45 pm Lunch will be served
  • 1:00 pm Lunch and Listen Presentations
    • Land to Table
      • Regional Community Food Hub Initiative overview 
    • Hub/Spoke Partners
      • Okanagan Indian Band, Food Security Coordinator Nikki Lorentz  
      • Good Food Box, Coordinator Diane Fleming
      • Whitevalley Resource Centre, Christine Lishman
    • United Way BC
      • Food Link Pilot Project, Manager Heather Escobar
  • 2:00 pm Tea and coffee break
  • 2:15 pm Breakout Table Discussions
  • 3:30 pm Closing – share back, wrap up and discuss next steps
  • 4:00 pm Meeting ends

Sammy Blair - Food Security Coordinator

Event invitations have gone out via email - if you did not receive one and feel like this event is important to your work in the North Okanagan, we’d love to have you join us. Direct your questions and RSVP to L2T Food Security Coordinator Sammy Blair via