20. Richmond Food Security Society – Food + Nature Summer Camps







Project Title

Richmond Summer Programs - Kids Camps

Organization Name

Richmond Food Security Society


Food literacy, children, play-based learning, summer camp, day camp, cooking, gardening

Related Course Concepts

Food justice, Food security, Asset based community development, Social class/income inequality

Organization Information

Organization Name

Richmond Food Security Society

Mission and Vision of Organization

Inspiring a robust Richmond food system through education, advocacy and community-building initiatives. Healthy people, community and environment.

Guiding Principles + Values

  • Authentic Principles - we live the values as identified in the Richmond Food Charter
  • Courageous Community Leadership - we engage our community to address challenges
  • Healthy Ambition - we grow community wellness and have fun doing it
  • Sustainable Change - we inspire long-term, tangible, systemic results.

Contact Information

  • Primary Contact Person(s): Ian Lai
  • Email: director@richmondfoodsecurity.org
  • Phone: 778-681-9264
  • Address: 7611 Ash Street
  • Website: www.richmondfoodsecurity.org

Preferred Method of Contact

  • Best method(s) to contact: Email
  • Best day(s) to contact:Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
  • Best time(s) to contact: Mornings

Project Description

LFS350 students will conduct an environmental scan of children’s food and nature-related summer camps (especially programs in the Lower Mainland) Identify best practices and develop unique ideas that could be incorporated into a Richmond program Look at feasibility: e.g. labour costs, materials; what is the range of summer camp registration fees in the Lower Mainland? Sliding scales?

What challenge or issue does the project aim to address?

This project aims to address gaps in children's food literacy programming in the City of Richmond, and is also concerned with increasing opportunities for outdoor education (e.g. nature play-based learning).

Student Assets and Skills (preferred or required)

  • Teamwork, independent thinkers, creativity, ability to research and gather information, information synthesis and reporting.

Student Assets and Skills (to be developed through the project)

  • A better understanding of the community, insight into how a non-profit works, project development and budgeting

Is a criminal record check required?


Project Location

7611 Ash Street, Richmond V6Y2S2

Preferred Days of Week and Hours


Project/Partner Orientation Materials

Students should review these materials prior to the first partner meeting:

  • Cullen, T. et. al (2015). Food literacy: Definition and framework for action. Perspectives in practice, vol. 76. DOI: 10.3148/cjdpr-2015-010
  • Janhonen, K., Mäkelä, J., Palojoki, P. (2016). Food education: From normative models to promoting agency. In J. Sumner (Ed.), Learning, food, and sustainability: Sites for resistance and change, pp. 93-110. New York: Palgrave MacMillan. Available from UBC Library.
  • Rice, S. & Rud, A.G. (Eds.) (2018). Educational dimensions of school lunch: Critical perspectives. DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-72517-8. (Students should read the Introduction prior to the first community partner meeting)

Additional Project/Partner Orientation Materials

The following will be provided at the first community partner meeting:

  • TBD

Related Community Service Opportunities for Students

Students have ample opportunities to volunteer with our organization during and after their project in any of our program streams. Please ask.

Expected Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

I hope students will learn about...

  • how non-profit programming takes place, from needs analysis , to planning and budgeting to execution and evaluation. I hope students are able to understand how early integaration in the food system can affect later life skills and outlook opn the natural world.

I think students will come to appreciate...

  • the complexity of the food system and how we can start the conversation at an early age though nature play and play based learning.

Through this project, students will develop...

  • communication and team building skills. They will be able to assess the current marketplace and develop strategies to fill gaps through creative and innovative thinking. Students will also develop an appreciation for community based programming and the need for collaboration and partnerships.

Organizational Outcomes

Intended Project (Short Term) Outcome

  • The project will contribute to RFSS's understanding of the needs and gaps within summer programming for children and youth in Richmond.

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?

  • Students’ work will form the baseline for new programming next year. Students’ work will form the baseline for new programming next year.
  • In the medium/longer-term, this project advances our organization's work by developing a new income stream to support financial sustainability.

How does the student project contribute to your organization's mission and long-term vision?

  • In the long-term, this project helps to advance RFSS's mission to inspire a robust Richmond food system through education, advocacy, and community building initiatives.
source: https://wiki.ubc.ca/Course:LFS350/Projects/F2019/RFSS1