• Changing The Face Of Poverty

April Meeting Summary

Over the past four months Kamloops Food Policy Council (KFPC) has been working with social work practicum student Stone Healey on deepening our understanding of the emergency food system in Kamloops. Stone shared their research findings on an Assets and Gap Analysis of the emergency food provisions in Kamloops. These food provisions were analyzed through five lenses: preventative care, localizing our food system, anti-oppression, emergency preparedness and accessibility. Stone shared limitations to conducting research during the pandemic such as limited ability to visit service providers and conduct in person interviews. Presentation can be viewed here .

After the presentation, we asked meeting participants guiding questions to inform future research related to the emergency food system. Below are some thoughts meeting participants shared.

What assets and gaps resonated with you?

“I liked the reflection on pros and cons of local vs distant food sources.”

“Can't say enough good things about Food Bank & foodSHARE program. Amazing asset!”

“The social network as an asset! AND Misunderstanding of local food as a gap!”

“I appreciated the thinking around relationships and connection with food security and being healthy and well in general.”

What do you think is missing in the food system?

“I see one gap as local neighborhood access.”

“getting back to community kitchens would also be helpful in all neighbourhoods”

“Neighbourhood associations should be resurrected for this planning”

“we totally could use a tool library :)”

“Our new apartment building should have rooftop garden and composting to grow more food with bees”

“backyard shares could be a good option”

“Having homeowners share their front yards set up for gardening have the taxes lowered for sharing the caring”

What do you think we should ask people who access the emergency food system?

“Do you need help getting your food home”

“I’d be curious whether people felt comfortable if they were stuck on a recipe to borrow an onion (or cup of sugar) from a neighbor…”

“STOP – Is there anything we are doing that is not serving you?

START – Is there something you have been hoping for?

CONTINUE – What is working for you?”

“I’m curious about culturally appropriate and desired food”

“How far do you travel to access food?”

“Where do you get your food from?”

“What’s working, what’s not?”

Lastly, we discussed the newly released Anti-Stigma Video "Don't Fight the Poor, Fight Poverty" which can be viewed here ! This video is meant to be an education piece that shifts thinking around poverty. If you have any ideas for disseminating the video or would like to learn more please connect with Emily Pletsch at We encourage community members and service providers to share the video with their networks, friends, family members and groups that may not be part of the conversation.

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