Richmond Food Asset Map – Growing Food and Community Kitchen Updates
Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)
Community food security, food assets, asset mapping
Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)
Mission and Vision of Organization
- We are committed to supporting healthy lives in healthy communities with our partners through care, education and research.
- We will be leaders in promoting wellness and ensuring care by focusing on quality and innovation.
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Our Strategic Framework: Putting People First.
Our people first strategy shapes how we approach our vision, mission, values and goals.
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- 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
- Primary Contact Person(s): Anne Swann, MS, RD
- Email: email@example.com
- 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
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 assets, service providers, community developers, and promoters of food assets.
Students will be involved in gathering information on the following food assets in Richmond:
- Programs and Education, plus updating existing Urban Farms and Community Kitchen Programs information
- Garden Programs and Education are programs that provide demonstration gardening and other environmental education programs.
- Urban farms are defined as farms that grow food in an urban area for sale and / or profit.
- Community Kitchen Programs are a group of individuals led by a facilitator, who meet regularly to cook meals.
The key student deliverables include:
- Gather information on the above mentioned food assets in the city of Richmond. Update an Excel document of the above food asset categories. This part of the project will most likely involve contacting key community partners, organizations and businesses and researching information online 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.
- Interview interested VCH Staff or community members and organizations to trial the Richmond Food Asset Map tool and gather their feedback. Feedback forms will be given to students to interview interested staff or community members when gathering feedback.
Write a summary of feedback received from these Richmond community partners. Provide recommendations for next steps of 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 process and tool).
This project focus is the development of a Richmond Food Asset Map and has 3 main goals.
- To provide a current, dynamic and easy to use tool for community members and agencies to locate community food assets.
- To increase awareness of Garden Programs and Education, Urban Farms and Community Kitchen Programs in Richmond. These food assets are useful and empowering to residents through increasing access to freshly grown produce and knowledge as to how food is produced and prepared.
- To make it easier for Richmond community partners and advocates to view and determine food asset gaps in the community.
Student Assets and Skills (preferred or required)
- Good verbal communication and interviewing skills (you have an interest in speaking with members of Richmond community and healthcare professionals). Comfortable in communicating with people over the phone and in person.
- Good written communication skills (you will be contacting people overseeing various Richmond food assets by email as well as by phone)
- Good computer skills and proficient in working with Microsoft Excel spreadsheets (you will be using Google Maps and Microsoft programs)
- Data collecting skills (you will be obtaining current, accurate and consistent information using a variety of approaches possibly including internet searches, phone calls, email, and in-person)
Student Assets and Skills (to be developed)
- Observation skills, as you will have an opportunity to learn through volunteering with us or other community organizations.C
Criminal record check required?
- Not required
Location will vary based on where the food assets 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.
Preferred Days of Week and Hours
Timing is flexible. Students may need to work during business hours in order to contact some farm owners or community partners. However, most of the work can be organized to fit the student’s schedule.
Project/Partner Orientation Materials
- In-person orientation: January 16 / 2-3 pm, Richmond Public Health, Room 906, 8100 Granville Avenue, Richmond
- Review the relevant Fall 2018 LFS350 student Infographics here and here for additional project context
- Request the relevant Fall 2018 LFS350 student reports from your TA for additional project context
- Sample Web page for Richmond Food Asset Map
- Community Food Assessment Guide by Sue Ross and Zena Simces for the Provincial Health Services Authority, March 2008
- Healthy Built Environment Linkages Toolkit Summary, March 2018
- Richmond Wellness Strategy, 2018 – 2023. Please read the Executive Summary, pages 1-6.
Related Community Service Opportunities for Students
Perhaps, an opportunity to volunteer with VCH staff or community service organizations.
- I hope students will learn about how to find food assets in the community and complete the first steps of a community food assessment.
- I think students will come to appreciate and better understand the wide variety of types of food assets that have the potential to improve the health and nutrition of community members.
- Through this project, students will develop their interviewing and communication skills.
- That all of Richmond’s Garden Programs and Education, more of Richmond’s urban farms and updated times and locations for Richmond’s Community Kitchens will be added to the VCH Richmond Food Asset Map.
- That key members of our community partners will become aware of the VCH Richmond Food Asset Map and the food assets available for the Richmond population.
- That Richmond Public Health will complete the Richmond Food Asset Map and then move on to use it to inform actions as outlined in the 2018 – 2023 Richmond Wellness Strategy.
More broadly, this project advances our organization’s goals by enabling VCH staff to:
- Provide the best care
- Promote better health for our communities
- Develop the best workforce
- Innovate for sustainability