Richmond Eats: The Local Eating Challenge
Raise awareness and support food security in your community with the second annual Richmond Eats Local Eating Challenge.
Richmond Eats 2015 attracted significant media attention, raised over $10,000, and was a lot of fun!
From August 22-28, 2016, we challenge our supporters, volunteers, and staff to only eat produce grown here on Lulu island, meat raised by our farmers, and seafood caught by local fishermen* while raising funds to help grow a robust Richmond food system.
How the Challenge works
Supporters of local food and food security in Richmond sign up as ‘Foodies’ and commit to fundraising and eating Richmond grown foods for one week.
Foodies can create a profile and will have a unique link for their sponsors.
Then the FUNdraising begins! Foodies reach out to their family, friends, and networks and request donations towards their efforts in taking the challenge.
Between August 22 and 28, Foodies will eat only* food grown in Richmond.
Foodies will receive recipe ideas, tips, and support, including the Richmond Eats Local Eating Guide containing a map to Richmond farms.
There will be a celebratory potluck at the end of the challenge (details announced soon) to share recipe ideas and stories.
Why take the Local Eating Challenge?
Eating local is about bringing communities closer to the roots of our food production systems, nourishing not only the belly, but also our relationships with one another and the land that sustains us. All funds raised go directly to fighting hunger and increasing local food production in Richmond through a wide range of community programs, research, and advocacy.
Why eat local?
“Eating locally isn’t just a fad like the various diets advertised on late-night TV—it may be one of the most important ways we save ourselves and the planet.”
-Dr. David Suzuki
- Sustains. Buying local sustains both local livelihoods and our environment. It helps small family farms stay on the land, and reduces supply chain carbon emissions.
- Delights. Local produce is packed with nutrition and flavour due to freshness and optimum ripeness. Keep an eye out for seasonal surprises to expand your palate.
- Connects. Farmer’s markets are a fruitful forum for cultivating connections between neighbours, farmers, the land, and seasons.
- Empowers. Community members have the opportunity to influence how our food is produced and distributed.
*Each participant is allowed three exceptions to allow for dietary needs or to facilitate cooking (e.g. cooking oil, salt, and/or a grain). We will also allow participants who don’t live in Richmond to eat from their own gardens. Please check with your doctor in advance if you have any health concerns.