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The Richmond Food Bank is now a Good Food Organization!

The Richmond Food Bank is now a Good Food Organization!

By Hajira Hussain in RFB in the Community on November 24, 2018

The Richmond Food Bank is pleased to announce that we have joined Community Food Centres Canada’s Good Food Organizations program to showcase our commitment to offering impactful community food programs based in principles of health, empowerment, and respect. With over 175 other Good Food Organizations and 10 Community Food Centres across the country, we are working towards a Canada where everyone has the means, knowledge, and voice necessary to access good food with dignity.

Launched in 2014, the Good Food Organizations program offers access to tools and resources, customized training, an annual conference, and opportunities to network and promote shared priorities. By working together through a set of shared principles, this important initiative connects The Richmond Food Bank to like-minded and progressive organizations across the country that are using food to tackle problems of food insecurity, inequality, poor health, and social isolation.

The Richmond Food Bank became a GFO because we are committed to deepening our contribution to education and advocacy initiatives that impact poverty and food security. The Richmond Food Bank Society’s mission, vision and values are very much aligned with CFCC’s Good Food principles. Taking action from the individual to the systemic level, believing and investing in the power of good food, creating an environment of respect and community leadership, meeting people where they’re at, and aiming high for our community are principles that the Richmond Food Bank embraces. There is more that we can do; We already have many strong partnerships in place allowing us to increase our offerings of fresh food, and we are adding to and strengthening our programs to better serve our clients. We can be proud of the fact that being a Good Food Organization will only strengthen our mission and our work for the people that we serve. Our community members, partners, donors, and volunteers are the ones who make it possible. Thank you for all that you to do to serve our neighbours.

“The Good Food Organizations program provides support and inspiration to organizations across the country — community health centres, food banks, community markets, and many others — that are doing important grassroots food work,” said Kathryn Scharf, Chief Operating Officer at Community Food Centres Canada. “We have seen that when community food programs foreground healthy food in a dignified setting that offers meaningful opportunities for engagement, there can be a profoundly positive impact on people’s health and overall well-being. We want to amplify these outcomes to build a national case for an investment in healthy food for all.”

See a complete list of the Good Food Organizations here

Media inquiries: Hajira Hussain, Executive Director, The Richmond Food Bank Society – 604 271 5609 or hajira@richmondfoodbank.org

Media inquiries: Kennedy Baker, Communications Manager, Community Food Centres Canada
416 531 8826 ext. 228 or kennedy@cfccanada.ca

The Richmond Food Bank was founded in 1983 and has continuously provided nutritious food for our neighbours in need. Our mission is to be a caring organization that provides food assistance, advocacy, and related support for community members in need.

The Good Food Organizations program is offered by Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC). Since 2012, Community Food Centres Canada has been working with partners to build and support vibrant places in low-income communities that build health, belonging, and social justice through the power of food. Find out more at www.cfccanada.ca.

About the author

Hajira Hussain

Hajira is the Richmond Food Bank's Executive Director.