Food Experiences at Pacific Community Resources Society


The Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS) provides hundreds of meals a week at their Broadway Youth Resource Centre (BYRC) and would like know more about their members’ food experience. Students working on this project will speak with BYRC participants, create interview transcripts, and identify themes shared by the members. The BYRC office is conveniently located along the 25 bus route and students must be able to schedule their interviews when the resource room is open (Monday to Friday from 2:00-6:00pm). This project is especially relevant for students majoring in food and the environment or food, nutrition and health and/or who want to learn more about food environments, food security, and food sovereignty.  For this project, you need to be able to work with marginalized people in an inclusive manner. The PCRS provides a wide range social, health, education, employment and life skills services to vulnerable people in the greater Vancouver area, and throughout the project, you’ll have the opportunity to work with and learn from staff at this award winning non-profit society.

Full Project Description

Food Experiences at Pacific Community Resources Society

Organization name: Pacific Community Resources Society

Mission of organization: Our vision is ‘Everyone thriving in strong, healthy communities.’ Our mission is ‘Inspiring healthy and inclusive communities through leadership and collaboration’.

Description of project opportunity: Our agency has over 200 staff from Vancouver to Chilliwack and we provide a lot of food. Our Broadway Youth Resource Centre provides hundreds of meals a week. Our question is: What is our participants’ experience with food?

Skills required: Ability to host a conversation, reflective listening and ability to pull themes. Also ability to work with marginalized populations in an inclusive manner.

Skills to be developed through the opportunity: Planning, ability to hear a variety of perspectives and talking to people with a variety of backgrounds.

Project location: Broadway Youth Resource Centre, 3455 Fraser Street, Vancouver

Days of week and hours project will take place: Speaking with participants would occur when the resource room is open from 2-6 Monday to Friday. Planning can take place outside these times.

Primary contact for the students:
Allison Parker, BYRC Supervisor
Address: 3455 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-709-5710

Learning outcomes:

  • Have confidence speaking with people from a range of backgrounds
  • Gain different perspectives about food
  • Gather and report on themes

Organizational Outcomes:

  • What do our participants think we should be doing with food?
  • Where are there differences and where are there commonalities?
  • How should we move forward?