Kaslo Food Security Project

Kaslo Food Hub is a project of North Kootenay Lake Community Services and
funded by Columbia Basin Trust, McConnell Foundation, Province of BC, Food
Banks BC and private and/or community donations.

The Kaslo Food Hub is open Tuesdays from 10am-1pm and Thursdays from 5pm-7pm.  The Hub is home to most of the programs of the Kaslo Food Security Project.

The Kaslo Food Hub strives to help create and maintain a food-secure Kaslo and Area D. Our programs include:

  • Food Cupboard - a non-barrier food access program for those who find themselves in need. The Food Cupboard strives to provide users with healthy food and is intended to aid people in ensuring they and their families are fed and nourished. We do not provide all the food an individual or family needs, but strive to help with what we can. Food we offer comes through community donations, food bank networks, and our gleaning program. The Food Cupboard is open on Tuesday 10am-1pm and Thursday evenings from 5pm to 7pm (users are requested to only get food from the Food Cupboard once per week)
  • “Harvest Share” Gleaning Program – This new, multi-faceted program aims to supply our Food Cupboard with greater quantities of fresh, seasonal, wholesome food. At the same time the program seeks to partner with residents and local businesses to coordinate harvest of surplus fruit and produce, recover food otherwise destined for spoilage or landfill, and to reduce overall food waste in our community. Portions of the gleaning efforts are divided between land owners, volunteer harvesters, and our Food Cupboard program, thus the name “Harvest Share”.
  • Community Root Cellar – Our walk-in cooler is available to area residents for short or long-term storage of perishable goods. If you grow veggies for winter and don’t have a place to store them, we can help! Contact us for more details.
  • Tool Library – We have an excellent selection of culinary aids that are available for community use for a nominal rental fee.
  • Baby Supplies Cupboard – If you are in need of diapers we have supplies that we can help families with.
  • Food Resource Library – We keep a library of books on food related topics. Cookbooks, nutrition books, gardening books, food politics, etc. Books can be signed out for free; come and see what we have and enjoy a good read.
  • Kaslo Saturday Market - every Saturday from June to September at Front Street Park in downtown Kaslo.

We are located in the basement of St. Andrew’s United Church, 500 4th St., Kaslo (alley entrance). Open hours: Tuesdays 10-1, Thursdays 5-7. Access to our services outside these hours is also possible. Call us at 353-7120 to enquire if we are able to help you.

Contacts

Food Hub, 250-353-7120
Patrick Steiner, Food Security Coordinator, patricksteiner@nklcss.org
Dustin East, Food Cupboard Coordinator, dustineast@nklcss.org

Food Shed Report

Aimee Watson’s report, “North Kootenay Lake Food Shed - Implementation Plan for Economic Viability”, is now available (2MB PDF file)

Food Security Project History

At the West Kootneay Food Forum on April 12th, 2014, Aimee Watson gave a talk about the Food Security Project in Kaslo - what we have done and why we do it. The video and Power Point presentation of Aimee's talk is available here.

Groundswell: A Guide to Building Food Security in Rural Communities

The book is out! Go to the link above to find out all about it. Available in PDF and EPub!

Kaslo Food Hub is a program of:

North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society

336 B Ave., Kaslo, BC, V0G 1M0

250-353-7691

www.nklcss.org