Richmond Food Asset Map: Grocery + Meal Assets

Project Summary

Title

Richmond Food Asset Map – Low cost No cost Food Programs

Purpose

This project focus is the development of a Richmond Food Asset Map and has 3 main goals.

  • To provide a tool to community members and agencies for locating community food assets that is current, dynamic, and easy to use.
  • To build capacity and support food access for community members dealing with food insecurity.
  • To make it easier for Richmond community partners to view and advocate for community food assets strategically.

Areas of Focus

  • Food Asset Maps
  • Strategies for supporting food insecure individuals and households
  • Municipal-level, multi-partner collaboration on health-related issue
  • Community kitchen programs
  • Food literacy workshops
  • Community Meals and Food Bank

Skills

  • Good computer skills
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Excel spreadsheets
  • Good verbal communication skills (for speaking with members of the public and organizations either in-person or over the phone)
  • Skills in collecting current, accurate, consistent information using a variety of approaches (e.g. internet searches, phone calls, in-person)

Location

Location will vary based on where the food assets you are mapping are located. Some work can be done over the phone or computer, whereas other work will involve visiting locations in Richmond (all locations are expected to be accessible to the public and by transit). source: [http://wiki.ubc.ca/Course:LFS350/Projects/W2017/VFAM_CKP_skills http://wiki.ubc.ca/Course:LFS350/Projects/W2017/VFAM_CKP_skills

Organization Information

Name

Vancouver Coastal Health

Vision + Mission

  • Our mission

We are committed to supporting healthy lives in healthy communities with our partners through care, education and research.

  • Our vision

We will be leaders in promoting wellness and ensuring care by focusing on quality and innovation.

Guiding Principles + Values

Our Strategic Framework: Putting People First

  • Our people first strategy shapes how we approach our vision, mission, values and goals.
  • Our VCH strategic priorities is a guiding framework for operational planning, priority setting, and identifying opportunities for strategic investment of time, people and financial resources.
  • (Information available at: http://www.vch.ca/about-us/strategy/)

Our Values:

  • Service: We will provide outstanding service and respond to needs in a timely and innovative manner.
  • Integrity: We will serve openly and honestly in a caring and compassionate environment
  • Sustainability: We will focus on effectiveness, efficiency, best practices and health outcomes, holding ourselves responsible for results

Our Goals: We are guided by four organizational goals to achieve our vision.

  • Provide the best care
  • Promote better health for our communities
  • Develop the best workforce
  • Innovate for sustainabilility


Primary Contact

  • Contact Person(s): Anne Swann, MSc, RD
  • Email: anne.swann@vch.ca
  • Address: Richmond Public Health, 8100 Granville Avenue, Richmond, BC V6Y 3T6
  • Phone: 604-233-3103
  • Website: http://www.vch.ca/public-health/nutrition
  • Best time(s) method(s) to contact: Monday – Friday, e-mail or phone

Project Description

Overall this project is intended to gather information about community food assets across the city of Richmond. This information is being used to create a Richmond Food Asset Google map. Vancouver Coastal Health Public Health dietitians are working with community partners to create the mapping tool. Key end users of the map will include: community members seeking food resources, service providers and promoters of more food assets.

Students will be involved in gathering information on the following food assets:

  • Free Grocery Items for individuals and families who may not be able to get enough food, for any reason, e.g. food banks
  • Subsidized Grocery items available at a lower cost than retail grocery stores
  • Free prepared meals / snacks that are provided by various organizations and groups in the community
  • Low cost prepared meals / snacks that are provided by various organizations and groups in the community


The key student deliverables include:

  • Update an Excel document of the above food asset categories with information on available food assets in the city of Richmond. This part of the project will most likely involve researching information online and contacting community partners, organizations and businesses, to ensure that the information in the excel document is correct and formatted consistently. A discussion script, including an introduction to the tool and guiding questions, will be provided to UBC students for them to use when contacting food assets. Students will also be provided with instructions on how to add data and update the excel document.
  • Work with interested community partners and organizations (e.g. community agencies, neighbourhood food networks, family places and community centres) and VCH Richmond Public Health staff to trial the Richmond Food Asset Mapping tool and gather their feedback. Feedback forms will be given to students to provide to, or use with, interested staff or community members when gathering feedback.
  • Write a summary of feedback received from Richmond VCH Public Health staff and community members. Provide recommendations for next steps for the project, based on both the overall map and specific food asset category assigned. (Feedback and recommendations will hopefully be used to assist Vancouver Coastal Health and future LFS 350 students to improve the mapping tool).

Goal and Project Scope

This project focus is the development of a Richmond Food Asset Map and has 3 main goals.

  • To provide a tool to community members and agencies for locating community food assets that is current, dynamic, and easy to use.
  • To build capacity and support food access for community members dealing with food insecurity.
  • To make it easier for Richmond community partners to view and advocate for community food assets strategically.

Skills Preferred

  • Good computer skills
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Excel spreadsheets
  • Good verbal communication skills (for speaking with members of the public and organizations either in-person or over the phone)
  • Skills in collecting current, accurate, consistent information using a variety of approaches (e.g. internet searches, phone calls, in-person)

Preferred Days of Week and Hours

  • Timing is flexible. Students may need to work during business hours in order to contact some VCH staff or community partners. However, most of the work can be organized to fit the student’s schedule. Students need to interview VCH Staff and community members to review the tool and get their feedback.

Project/Partner Orientation

Community Service Opportunities

  • To volunteer at the Richmond Food Bank during non-peak hours to help with sorting, packing or cleaning is a possibility

Expected Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will develop interviewing and communication skills;
  • Students will better understand the wide variety of types of food assets;
  • Students will learn how to find food assets in the community.

Organizational Outcomes

  • That all of Richmond’s free and low cost food programs of the specified type will be added to the VCH Food Asset Map.
  • That key members of our staff will become aware of the VCH Food Asset Map and the food assets available for the population.
  • That key community partners will become aware of the VCH Food Asset Map and the food assets available for the population.

source: http://wiki.ubc.ca/Course:LFS350/Projects/Fall2017/richmond-food-asset-map-kitchen-programs-community-access

source: http://wiki.ubc.ca/Course:LFS350/Projects/Fall2017/richmond-food-asset-map-grocery-meal-assets/