Richmond Food CharterAfter several years of community engagement with over 400 Richmond residents, the Richmond Food Charter is now complete.

Join us Tuesday June 28, 4:00 2016 in the Anderson Room at Richmond City hall as we present the Food Charter to the Parks and Recreation Committee and ask for their endorsement.

Food charters remind the community of the primary importance of adequate food for all, and ultimately serve to guide policy and programming decisions.

Food charters have been endorsed in cities across Canada including Toronto, Vancouver, Squamish, Kamloops, and Victoria.  While each community approaches it differently, all ultimately emphasize the importance of building a local food community and economy.

The need for a Food Charter was identified in Richmond’s Official Community Plan, and a Working Group was formed.  The Working Group included staff and volunteers from Richmond Food Security Society, Vancouver Coastal Health, Canadian Federation of University Women, and Richmond’s Poverty Response Committee as well as City of Richmond staff.  26 Kitchen Table Talks were held, and 7 themes were identified from those rich discussions.  The resulting charter captures the communities shared values and commitments towards building a food secure Richmond.