Richmond Community Food Access Report 2020
By Stephanie Shulhan in Information about Food Security on November 17, 2020
This Richmond Community Food Access Report – “Food Brings Community” – looks at access to food among vulnerable people in Richmond, BC in the summer of 2020. Included is a summary of key informant interviews with staff and volunteers from church communities that have been providing community food programs for vulnerable individuals, many for over a decade.
This report is not a comprehensive list of food programs in Richmond; It aims to capture the overall need for and availability of food supports.
Recommendations are made with a particular focus on community meals and emergency programs that started or shifted in light of COVID-19. This report highlights strengths, key stakeholders, and gaps in service, and then charts ways to build on the good work being done. Statistics are placed within the bigger story – connecting back to the original inhabitants of this region – of when the community brings food, the food brings community.