RFSS Fall Fundraiser

Nov 11, 2015 by

We’re celebrating a great year for food security and we’d like you to join us! You’re invited to mix and mingle with some of the passionate people working to strengthen our local food system and support the Richmond Food Security Society. This informal event will include updates on our current programs, research, and policy work, along with a sneak peek at our new strategic plan and the exciting events we’ve got planned for 2016. Tickets are $32.50 through Event Brite or $30 at any Richmond Vancity branch. Each ticket includes a burger (beef or veggie), fries or salad, and a drink of your choice (domestic beer, house wine or cocktail). All proceeds support our projects and programs that span Richmond’s local food system and range from supporting local farms to diverting food waste, and...

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Thank You! We raised $10,000+ through #RichmondEats!...

Oct 6, 2015 by

Thanks to tremendous support from our community and the tireless fundraising efforts of our participants, #RichmondEats raised $10,329! Together we’ve done something both unprecedented and amazing. #RichmondEats is the first fundraiser of its kind for RFSS and is critical to the success of our organization. In helping us to meet our fundraising target, our participants and donors have helped to ensure we can continue to promote food security, fight poverty and strengthen local food production through our wide-range of projects and programs.   We’re also tremendously proud of the media coverage featuring #RichmondEats, food security and RFSS. Our campaign was covered extensively in the Richmond News, on CBC Radio One, in the Vancouver Sun, on BC 1 (Global BC), on Radio Canada, on City TV and through first-person articles from our board members in...

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Volunteer Opportunities!

Sep 21, 2015 by

Are you passionate about food security and want to get involved? We are recruiting for a number of positions to support our work.  Please check our current volunteer opportunities page for more...

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Top 5 Reasons to Donate to RFSS in Support of #Richmond Eats...

Aug 29, 2015 by

Donate to #RichmondEats (Fundraiser ends September 4, 2015) 1 – You care about food and the future. We’re active, involved and making a difference on issues ranging from growing food to diverting food waste, and from poverty reduction to policy. We are the only organization with projects and programs that span Richmond’s local food system. 2 – You care about food security. Later this year we’ll present the Richmond Food Charter – a first – to Richmond City Council. Developed in consultation with our community, this guiding document is intended to ensure all city activities address food security issues. 3 – You care about poverty in your community. We run programs like the Stir it Up Youth Kitchen and the Good Food Access Program, that connect people in need with fresh, healthy food. 4 – You want to strengthen our community’s capacity to...

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Foodie Profile: Adam Soltys

Aug 28, 2015 by

Donate to #RichmondEats When Adam Soltys is after fresh, local produce, he doesn’t go to the farm market. He goes to his own farm. Adam and his partner Chelsea are the farmers behind Yummy Yards, a small organic vegetable stand at Urban Edibles on Steveston Hwy. This week, Adam isn’t just growing the food that’s feeding many of our #RichmondEats Foodies, he’s also taking part in the local-eating challenge. Why are you taking part in Richmond Eats? I’m interested in promoting local food and learning more about what is available locally. A couple of years ago, I started growing my own vegetables in my apartment and at a community garden, and volunteering with local gardening groups. This year, my partner Chelsea and I are operating a small organic vegetable stand called Yummy Yards. I think growing your own food is really...

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Foodie Profile: Nelson Cham

Aug 28, 2015 by

Donate to #RichmondEats Nelson Cham joined the RFSS Board of Directors earlier this year and, since then, has jumped in with both feet. As the Board’s Treasurer, Nelson devotes many volunteer hours to crunching numbers and working on budgets. Now he’s jumped into a new challenge, he’s taking part in #RichmondEats: A Local-Eating Challenge. An accountant with the Vancouver School Board, Nelson is originally from the Philippines where he worked as a banker. Why are you taking part in #RichmondEats? I want to raise awareness about the work that we do at RFSS. It’s also a great opportunity to explore the variety of food that is available locally. I look forward to sharing what I learn from this challenge with family and friends. Every Foodie is allowed three local-eating exceptions, what are yours? Oil for cooking, rice which is a staple...

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Foodie Profile: Aliez Kay

Aug 27, 2015 by

Donate to #RichmondEats For Aliez Kay, food security is an international issue. She has worked with governmental, non-governmental and international agencies throughout Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi and Italy on a wide-range of projects aimed at improving sustainability, food security and children’s health. It’s also a local issue. This week Aliez is taking part in #RichmondEats. Now back in Richmond where she was born and raised, Aliez is a member of the RFSS Board of Directors. She holds a Masters (Economics) in ‘Human Development and Food Security’ from the Universita degli studi Roma Tre (Italy). Why are you taking part in #RichmondEats? I’m participating in #RichmondEats because it is such a valuable opportunity to explore what Richmond has to offer, raise awareness and spark conversation about what food security means in our community. I’m enjoying engaging with friends, family, colleagues, and the public about...

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#RichmondEats FAQ

Aug 25, 2015 by

Donate to #RichmondEats Wondering what #RichmondEats is all about? Learn about this local-eating challenge and why you should support RFSS. What is #RichmondEats? #RichmondEats is a local-eating challenge to fundraise for the Richmond Food Security Society. From August 24 to 30, 2015, #RichmondEats participants can only eat produce grown on our island, meat raised by our farmers, and seafood caught by local fisherman. Each participant is allowed three exceptions to allow for dietary needs or to facilitate cooking (e.g. cooking oil). We will also allow participants who don’t live in Richmond to eat from their own gardens. We would hate to see all that zucchini go to waste! What about salt? Pepper? Milk? Coffee? Beer? The foods need to be grown, harvested and produced in Richmond to be considered local for #RichmondEats. Participants can include these foods in their diet...

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Get Rooted! Youth Leaders for Action...

Aug 24, 2015 by

Join Get Rooted! and the Richmond Food Security Society (RFSS) in our upcoming youth food security forum! Experience a FREE fun event participating in hands-on activities, learning about food security, and its importance in our day-to-day lives, while interacting with other like-minded individuals. Who We Are: The Richmond Food Security Society is a community organization committed to building a nutritious, safe, secure, and affordable food system through education, skills development, research, and policy change. The “Get Rooted! Growing Youth Leaders in the Food Movement” is a youth-driven leadership project aimed at engaging and mobilizing youth to address the root causes of food insecurity, and to build a fair and sustainable food future. Purpose of the Event: We want to connect and train youth to take action. We are building a network of youth engaged...

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Foodie Profile: Alex Nixon

Aug 22, 2015 by

It’s not surprising that Alex Nixon was one of the first people to sign up for Richmond Eats: A Local-Eating Challenge. Alex spends his workdays and much of his free time thinking of food. And that doesn’t count the time he spends cooking and eating. Alex is the communications and outreach coordinator for the Richmond Food Bank Society and regularly volunteers his time with RFSS as the President of the Board of Directors. Here’s Alex on Richmond Eats, his full freezer and why he’s worried about running out of protein and carbs. Why are you taking part in #RichmondEats? I’m getting involved partly as a personal challenge and party to learn more about Richmond’s culinary landscape. What’s available? What are the gaps? Can I eat healthily and economically with Richmond only food? I’m excited to find out! Every Foodie is allowed three local-eating exceptions....

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