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:
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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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org