About us

The BC Food Systems Network was formed in September 1999 to link people all over the province involved in community-level action related to food. The Network highlights the way food issues cross cultures, sectors, and age groups. Through an email network and annual meetings, we share insights, initiatives, strategies and critical analysis of events in the food system. We also share our own work and stimulate each other through exchange of ideas. We have held an Annual Gathering each year since 1999, during which the Network’s Annual General Meetings are held. At the 2014 AGM the BC Food Systems Network became a project of Tides Canada Initiatives Society (TCI), a move that the Board recommended to strengthen the capacity of the Network to provide leadership in the province. The TCI support team provides support in all areas of operations including human resources, finances, grant administration and risk management.

Membership in the Network is open to any person or group who supports our mission and democratic, inclusive process. Interested in joining us? We’d love to have you as a member. Here’s how you can join. We are interested in hearing from you. If you have a question, a concern, or an idea, let us know

Current Steering Committee for 2014-15
Herb Barbolet (Centre for Sustainable Community Development, SFU)
Abra Brynne – Chair (Food Secure Canada)
Diane Collis – Secretary (Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society)
Heather Deegan (Interior Health Authority)
Colin Dring – Treasurer (Richmond Food Security Society)
Linda Geggie (Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable)
Carol Kergan (Central Okanagan Food Policy Council)
Dawn Morrison (Indigenous Food Sovereignty Working Group)
Rosemary Plummer
Nicholas Scapillati (FarmFolk City Folk)

Interim Director
Brent Mansfield director@bcfsn.org

Administrator and Communications Coordinator
Libby Beck administrator@bcfsn.org


Our mission

To work together to eliminate hunger and create food security for all residents of British Columbia.

Our principles

Food security requires a sustainable food system in which:

  • everyone is able to acquire, in a dignified manner, adequate quantity and quality of personally acceptable food;
  • people are able to earn a living wage by growing, producing, processing, handling, retailing and serving food;
  • the quality of land, air and water, the well-being of animals, and the integrity of plants and seeds are maintained and enhanced for future generations; and
  • food is recognized as the basis of health and celebrated as central to family, community and cultural integrity.

We recognize that food is essential to life and is therefore a human right. It is also a gift from the Creator so that both the food and its sources must be honoured.

We encourage initiatives to reclaim local ownership of community food systems and develop food self-reliance by sharing food, information, skills, and resources.

We develop and advocate policies to redesign food and related systems that contribute to hunger or are unsustainable. This includes food production, processing, transport or retail; it also includes health, welfare, education, institutions, economics, and trade.

We work to ensure that the voices of grassroots organizations and marginalized groups are heard in the process of policy formation at all levels.

We link provincially, nationally and internationally with organizations and networks committed to the same goals.

Our network therefore includes people who experience hunger and food insecurity, who produce food, who work to protect the environment, and who develop policy frameworks that foster food security for the whole population. We link provincially, nationally and internationally with organizations and networks committed to the same goals.