Mapping Food Procurement and Distribution at the Richmond Food Bank Society
Food bank, food recovery, food surplus, food quality, dignity, food waste, food security
Related Course Concepts
Food justice, Food security, Asset based community development, Social class/income inequality
Mission and Vision of Organization
To be a caring organization that provides food assistance, advocacy and related support to community members in need
A caring community where no one goes hungry
Guiding Principles + Values
The Richmond Food Bank Society believes in acquiring and sharing surplus food with those in need. We serve our clients regardless of race, colour, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, income source, age, mental or physical ability
- Primary Contact Person(s): Hajira Hussain
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 604-271-5609
- Address: 100-5800 Cedarbridge Way, Richmond BC
- Website: www.richmondfoodbank.org
Preferred Method of Contact
- Best method(s) to contact: Email, Phone
- Best day(s) to contact:Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
- Best time(s) to contact: Mornings, Afternoons
The Richmond Food Bank Society (RFBS) is a dynamic hub providing food assistance and related support to over 1400 individuals each week. We recover surplus food from local businesses and grocery stores 7 days a week and distribute The RFBS has ramped up its perishable food offering for its clients. Last year we recovered over 2 million pounds of food out of which 70% was perishable food. The need to increase our perishable food recovery was identified by a former LFS350 student group and we are grateful that they were able to identify this significant need. With this project we would like to:
- Track and plot the sources of food procurement and the points of food distribution.
- Highlight the issue of avoidable food waste in our community and the role of the Richmond Food Bank in preventing usable food from going into the landfill
- Determine if the quality and quantity of food provided at the RFBS is in line with the Canada Food Guide
The anticipated project deliverables are:
- A detailed analysis and impact report on the sources of food procurement and the points of distribution
- A survey report detailing the perceptions of our clients, volunteers and community members about food received/distributed at the food bank
- Recommendations or suggestions for future food recovery
What challenge or issue does the project aim to address?
Balancing the issue of avoidable food waste with our food recovery efforts while ensuring that the food that we are providing is healthy and safe for all. Our mission is to provide food assistance and related support to those in need. If we are able to address the issue of food insecurity then our clients will hopefully be in a better position to tackle other issues that are preventing them from moving away from the poverty cycle.
Student Assets and Skills (preferred or required)
- Good communication, research and writing skills
- Microsoft excel, PowerPoint and graphs Canva or any other graphic designing software
- Ability to speak Cantonese or Mandarin a plus
Student Assets and Skills (to be developed through the project)
- Report writing, scheduling meetings, survey skills, analyzing skills
Is a criminal record check required?
Richmond Food Bank Society, 100-5800 Cedarbridge Way, Richmond BC
Preferred Days of Week and Hours
Project/Partner Orientation Materials
Students are advised to read about the Richmond Food Bank on our website, and follow us our social media channels to get an idea of our work and our partnerships.
Of the following materials, each group member should review three or more of these resources before the first meeting. Please discuss and ensure the group as a whole has covered all the readings so that you are familiar with the material before the first meeting.
- The Avoidable Crisis of Food Waste-Second Harvest Jan 2019
- Food Loss and Waste Strategy for Canada-National Zero Waste Council
- Reduce, Reuse, recycle, rescue…
- Canada’s Healthy Food Guide
- How to Evolve Your Food Bank into a Force for Change (readings and manual)
- Riches, G. (2018). Food bank nations: Poverty, corporate charity and the right to food. New York: Routledge (Available online from UBC Library; students should read the Introduction, pp.1-13)
- Please request the relevant past LFS350 student reports from your TA
Additional Project/Partner Orientation Materials
The following will be provided at the first community partner meeting:
- In person tour of the warehouse
Related Community Service Opportunities for Students
- Volunteering at one of our distributions is the best way to orient the students to what we do. It is also an excellent community service opportunity as the students will be serving our clients and working and learning alongside our team of amazing volunteers.
I hope students will learn about...
- Food security and the role of a food bank in addressing this issue
I think students will come to appreciate...
- The number of people accessing the food bank despite the bounty of food
Through this project, students will develop...
- Better understanding of food waste, food rescue and the importance of providing healthy food options
Intended Project (Short Term) Outcome
- We will have increased knowledge of the impact of our food procurement and distribution practices
- We will have increased knowledge of our clients', volunteers', and community members' perceptions of food received/distributed at the food bank
Medium Term Outcomes
If the student project is part of a larger project at your organization, how will the students' work contribute to the goals of this larger project?
- The student project, including recommendations or suggestions for future food recovery, is anticipated to affect our food procurement and distribution policies and practices
- The project will help highlight our impact on the food recovery scene in Richmond
How does the student project contribute to your organization's mission and long-term vision?
- This project contributes to our goal of distributing healthy and nutritionally-balanced food to the 2200 people who rely on our services every week, while also connecting our clients to services that address the root causes of poverty.