Food Hub Network Expands to New BC Communities, Including Kamloops
|The BC Food Hub Network is growing, creating opportunities for producers and food processors while connecting more British Columbians to local food.|
The Province is investing up to $5.6 million to expand the BC Food Hub Network to Victoria, Bowser, Cowichan Valley, Abbotsford, Kamloops, Creston and the Kootenay-Boundary region.
“COVID-19 has created a number of challenges for small businesses and families wanting to find good, safe, local food,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries. “With each new food hub, we’re giving more small- and medium-sized businesses room to grow, creating jobs and helping communities connect with local food. I’m proud of the work our government and our community partners are doing, and I’m excited to watch the BC Food Hub Network continue to grow.”
Food hubs offer small businesses access to facilities, equipment, research, innovation and business development services without requiring an extensive financial investment.
Each food hub is unique, created in collaboration with the community in which it is built. The food hub in Bowser will focus on seafood innovation, while Victoria, Cowichan Valley, Creston and Kamloops will work with local farmers and food processors to help grow their businesses.
The Kootenay-Boundary area food hub will consist of two locations, including Rock Creek and Greenwood. The Rock Creek location will focus on meat processing, while the location in Greenwood will include a bakery test kitchen and equipment for baking, packaging and labelling new or existing products.
Three food hubs are already operating in Vancouver, Surrey and Port Alberni, with additional hubs in Quesnel and Salmon Arm opening later this year.
Funding for the new food hubs joining the BC Food Hub Network is part of the province’s $10-billion COVID-19 response, which includes StrongerBC: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan that protects people’s health and livelihoods while supporting businesses and communities.
The BC Food Hub Network is part of the Province’s Feed BC initiative, increasing the use of B.C. food and bringing more opportunities to all aspects of B.C.’s food system. Feed BC is a priority for the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, which is committed to encouraging more agriculture and seafood production, and food and beverage processing in British Columbia.
StrongerBC: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan: https://strongerbc.gov.bc.ca/
Commissary Connect: https://commissaryconnect.com/bc-regional-food-hub/
Plenty and Grace: http://plentyandgrace.ca/
The Dock+: thedockplus.ca