Engaging the Community Through Infographics
Food policy, civic engagement, public engagement, accessibility, barriers to inclusion
Related Course Concepts
Food justice, Food security, Social class/income inequality, Cultural identities, Indigenous food sovereignty
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
- 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
- Primary Contact Person(s): Sarina Clay-Smith
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 604-440-7848
- Address: 7611 Ash Street, Richmond BC
- Website: https://www.richmondfoodsecurity.org/
Preferred Method of Contact
- Best method(s) to contact: Email
- Best day(s) to contact:Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
- Best time(s) to contact: Mornings, Afternoons
Context: What challenge or issue does the project aim to address?
The City of Richmond has an official Food Charter but does not currently have a food policy council or another formal mechanism for residents to inform matters of municipal food policy. Through this project, RFSS is seeking the food systems opinions and priorities of Richmond residents, so that residents can be included in the development of the City's municipal food policy processes.
Main Project Activities
The students will create infographics to educate and engage the Richmond community on the topic of food security, as the general public does not have a full understanding of the terms "food secure" or "food insecure." To fully engage the public in matters of food policy, we need to work to promote a greater public understanding of food insecurity issues, and how our current food system is vulnerable to climate, economic, governmental, and other changes. The infographics will be used throughout RFSS programs, but the primary intention is to generate interest in participating in our future Townhall initiative.
Expected Project Deliverable(s)
- Infographic (both digital and poster)
Student Assets and Skills (preferred or required)
- Ability to create friendly and welcoming environments
- Interest in civic participation processes
- Interest in low-barrier/accessible participation strategies
- Creativity communicating topics to a variety of audiences
Student Assets and Skills (to be developed through the project)
- Understanding of civic engagement processes
- Strategic visioning and planning skills
- Cross-cultural and education communication skills Research and development
Are there any mandatory attendance dates (e.g. special event)?
Is a criminal record check required?
Preferred Days of Week and Hours
- Monday to Friday before 4 pm.
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.
Project/Partner Orientation Materials
Students should review these materials prior to the first partner meeting:
- Richmond Food Charter
- Food Security and Agricultural Advisory Committee (FSAAC) Terms of Reference
- Civil Society Engagement Towards A Food Policy for Canada (report on the National Food Policy engagement strategy
Additional Project/Partner Orientation Materials
The following will be provided at the first community partner meeting:
- We are listening: Engaging patients and families on the Patient, Family, and Community Inclusion Policy and toolkit (Provincial Health Services Authority report)
- Ostenso, V. (2018). Planning for whom? The practice of cultural inclusion in alternative food initiatives in Metro Vancouver (Introduction)
- Developing Infographics
I hope students will learn about...
- issues of food security and how to engage the public
I think students will come to appreciate...
- how complicated issues of food security are and how we need diverse programs to help address them
Through this project, students will develop...
- communication skills and a greater understanding of their community
Intended Project Outcome (Short Term Outcome)
- Increased public awareness of the issue of food security and how prevalent it is in the Richmond community. The public would then have a greater understanding of how food insecure they are and steps they could potentially take to increase their security. This would also better inform the changes the community needs with relation to policy and governmental legislation that will be discussed during the town hall.
How does the student project contribute to your organization's mission and long-term vision?
- This project increases the Richmond community's understanding of the services our society provides. The development of an infographic will help us continue our programs that address issues of food secure and strive to increase the communities access to healthy and local food. With a basic understanding of what impacts and improves an individual's or community's food security, we can continue to engage and educate the public and increase the community's involvement with initiatives that address social and economic inequalities.