Richmond Food Bank Society – Perishable Food Recovery

 

 

 

 

 

Project Summary

Title: Perishable Food Recovery in Richmond

  • Students will research the food waste scenario in Richmond by contacting grocery stores and surveying them about their surplus/outdated food sharing and disposal policies.

Organization Information

Name

Richmond Food Bank Society

Mission + Vision

Our Mission: “To be a caring organization that provides food assistance, advocacy and related support for community members in need.”

Our vision is “A caring community where no one goes hungry.”

Guiding Principles + Values

  • Being Flexible and Adaptable
  • Respect
  • Creating Partnerships
  • Being Active in the community
  • Being Efficient
  • Educating and Advocating

Primary Contact

  • Contact Person(s): Hajira Hussain, Keith Yee
  • Email: hajira@richmondfoodbank.org, Keith@richmondfoodbank.org
  • Address: 100-5800 Cedarbridge Way, Richmond BC V6X 2A7
  • Phone: 604-271-5609
  • Website: www.richmondfoodbank.org
  • Best time(s) method(s) to contact: Email/phone

Project Description

Students will research the food waste scenario in Richmond by contacting grocery stores and surveying them about their surplus/outdated food sharing and disposal policies.

Goals of the Project

  • We would like to find out what work is currently being done or has already been done in terms of perishable food recovery within Richmond. A look at Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste Strategy and how it relates to food recovery.
  • Our main goal is to increase our perishable food offering to our clients. Perishable food that is fresh or packaged, uncooked and is close to its best before date. Some examples include: Milk, cheese, meat, produce, frozen ready to eat meals etc.

Skills Preferred + To Be Developed

  • Research
  • Report writing
  • Surveying
  • Communication skills

Project/Partner Orientation

  • Students will be oriented through an in person meeting and a tour of the food bank on the afternoon of Monday, January 22, 2018

Expected Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

  • We hope students will learn about the issues around perishable food recovery and the amount of usable food that is being dumped into the landfills.
  • We think students will come to appreciate the role of Food Bank in addressing food insecurity within our community
  • Students will develop a better understanding of the obstacles surrounding perishable food recovery

Organizational Outcomes

  • A better understanding of the (uncooked) perishable food waste scenario in Richmond
  • At least one to three new prospective perishable food donors
  • An infographic that we can share with our donors and the general public about food wastage vs food usage
source: http://wiki.ubc.ca/Course:LFS350/Projects/W2018/RFSS