Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) public health dietitians have partnered with Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks, UBC Land and Food Systems students, the City of Vancouver, and Fresh Roots to create the Vancouver Food Asset Map.
The map highlights food assets located in Vancouver. Food assets are placed where people can grow, prepare, share, buy, receive, or learn about food. Community organizations and schools are included on the map because they are places where community members can get support with learning and health or connect with others in their community.
Goals for the map:
- To provide a tool to community members and partners for locating community food assets that is current, easy to use, and easily updated.
- To build community capacity to support community members dealing with food insecurity*.
- To make it easier for Vancouver community partners to view and use community food assets strategically.
*Community food security exists when “…all community residents obtain a safe, personally acceptable, nutritious diet through a sustainable food system that maximizes healthy choices, community self-reliance and equal access for everyone” (Hamm and Bellows, 2003