Vancouver Food Asset Map – Multi-Language How-to Video






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Project Summary


This project focus is an on-going development of a Vancouver Food Asset Map and has 3 main goals.

  1. To provide a tool to community members and agencies for locating community food assets that is current, dynamic, and easy to use.
  2. To build capacity and support food access for community members dealing with food insecurity.
  3. To make it easier for Vancouver community partners to view and utilize community food assets strategically
  4. To develop a brief (1.5-2mins) orientation video that demonstrates how to use the map and it's functionality

Areas of Focus

  • Food Asset Maps
  • Strategies for supporting food insecure individuals and households
  • Municipal-level, multi-partner collaboration on health-related issue
  • Video production


  • Video production
  • Public consultation
  • Data collection in public setting
  • Fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese or Arabic


  • Location to gather feedback on video will be determined in consultation with community partner

Background Information

Mapping food assets is useful method for bringing forth the strengths, gaps and areas for improvement in local food systems. The city of Toronto has created Food by Ward initiative to help

  • Grow the City of Toronto’s appetite for using food assets to solve city problems;
  • Make it easier for City staff and officials to see and use community food assets strategically, and;
  • Inspire, support, and guide community Food Champions in their work.

Further, food maps can highlight the unequal distribution of assets within a city or region, allowing for a way to consider the barriers communities face to making sure all residents have access to good food. As stated in a report by Food Secure Canada, "food system mapping encourages a vision of locally-based food self-reliance. This is not with the intention of withdrawing from the global community. Rather, by growing our abundance at a local level we can encourage and support others to do the same. With full bellies and hearts, we can all participate in creating a culture of peace and plenty locally and globally."

Vancouver’s cost of living is high and the population is extremely diverse. Communicating about food assets and other health and community supports with vulnerable families who are difficult to reach and for whom English is a second language is challenging. The free Google mapping application is being used to share information with community members and partners and will help with future strategic planning. The BC Food Security Gateway website includes more provincial and local food security documents:

This project is a continuation of work completed by another course at UBC in the Sociology Department, ASTU 360 - Community-Based Research and Knowledge Creation. Students collaborated with staff from Vancouver Coastal Health (and other project partners) to create the initial categories of the map and begin the process of locating and entering food asset data into spreadsheets. Next term, six more LFS 350 groups will continue the partnership and build off of your efforts.

Organization Information


Vancouver Coastal Health

Vision + Mission

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

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

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Values + Goals


  • 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

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

  1. Provide the best care
  2. Promote better health for our communities
  3. Develop the best workforce
  4. Innovate for sustainability

Strategic Framework: People First

  • Our people first strategy shapes how we approach our vision, mission, values and goals.

VCH's Strategic Framework is a guiding document for operational planning, priority setting, and identifying opportunities for strategic investment of time, people and financial resources. While many of our Communities of Care, regional programs and corporate departments have their own, complementary strategies, this Framework represents the vision, values, goals and objectives that we all have in common.

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Primary Contact

  • Teya Stephens, MSc, RD
  • Public Health Dietitian
  • Email:
  • Address: South Community Health Centre, 6405 Knight Street, Vancouver, B.C. , V5P 2V9
  • Phone: 604-301-2253
  • Best time(s) method(s) to contact: Tue – Fri, phone or e-mail

Project Description

Vancouver Coastal Health Public Health dietitians are working with community partners to create a food asset mapping tool. The key end users of the map are community members dealing with food insecurity.

  • Students will be involved in creating a brief video to demonstrate how to use the map and making translated versions (ideally in Chinese (both Mandarin and Cantonese), Vietnamese, or Arabic (using voiceover and subtitles of English version created) – working with the LFS UBC Learning Centre
  • Students will be provided with a 2-page instruction sheet with a script as a guide on wording and what visuals to include
  • Students will have the opportunity to trial the videos at a neighbourhood food network site and gather feedback on it's ease of use.
  • Videos will be added to the map for the public to view

The key student deliverables include:

  1. Video in multiple languages
  2. Feedback on video gathered from community members

Skills Preferred

  • Video production
  • Data collection in a community setting

Skills to Be Developed

  • Video production
  • Observational and analytical skills
  • Interviewing and communication skills

Preferred Days of Week and Hours

Timing is flexible. Students need to arrange a mutually suitable time with community partners to pilot test the video in community.

Project/Partner Orientation

  • Date/Time: Jan. 23 – 2-3pm
  • Location: Pacific Spirit Community Health Centre, Room 345, 2110W 43rd Ave W, Vancouver

Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Students will have the opportunity to trial the video with community partners, in order to obtain feedback from end users. We hope that this opportunity allows students to engage with members of the Vancouver community, learn about the experiences of community members with available food assets, and assess the usefulness of a future publicly available food asset mapping web-based tool.

Expected Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

  • I hope students will learn about… the complexity of sharing accurate information about community food assets with the Vancouver community.
  • Students will hopefully also gain experience using an online mapping tool to share information with a broad audience.
  • I think students will come to appreciate… the amount of work and effort that has been put into place throughout the city of Vancouver in order to improve food security among community members.
  • Students will develop a... sense of the current food assets available in the city of Vancouver.

Organizational Outcomes

  • We hope the students help us work towards achieving our project goals.