In 2006, the Richmond Food Security Task Force, then a branch of the Richmond Poverty Response Committee, partnered with the Family Services of Greater Vancouver, Vancouver Coastal Health, Community Food Action Initiative, and ACT Now BC to create the Richmond Food System Assessment report. It is a comprehensive evaluation of the state of Richmond’s food system at the time, identifying key gaps within the food system, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations, formulating recommendations in response to these issues, and highlighting available resources. This report is a culmination of participatory research that incorporated surveys of local agencies and organizations, community mapping sessions, literature review, GIS mapping, stakeholder interviews, and an Action Plan development workshop.
The report includes:
Key issues addressed include:
Key recommendations include:
Based on the Food System Assessment’s findings, both community and agency members developed a three-year food security action plan over the course of a 2-day workshop. This action plan was then presented to the City Planning Committee, which marked the beginning of a strong partnership with the City of Richmond.