FoodWhere?

Metro Vancouver

FoodWhere?

FoodWhere? centres on data from food assets for the Latin American community in Vancouver. We used an environmental scan to analyze online information. We found several information gaps and a lack of food assets which might intensify the food insecurity of this community, in Vancouver.

School:

UBC

Department:

Land and Food Systems

Course:

LFS 350

Instructors:

  • Colin Dring
  • Rebecca Wolff (TA)

City of Vancouver:

  • Jason Hsieh
  • Caitlin Doward

Student Team:

  • Luz Gomez
  • Donna Huang
  • Natalie Choi
  • Gloria Liu
  • Faiza Ahmed
  • Darren Lee

Strategy:

  • Vancouver Plan

Term:

Fall 2020

Summary

“FoodWhere?” centres on an environmental scan of Food Assets in Vancouver for Latin Americans. The internet holds a vast amount of information on Vancouver and its people; in particular, data on Latin American food assets is very scattered. This spread makes it very hard for city officials to view the layout of food assets for Latin Americans, and having such a layout would benefit city officials for decision making of city developments.

Our project collects data of locations for food assets and Latin American populations from online sources and reorganizes this data to show food assets and a Latin American population count of each region in Vancouver. This data will allow city officials to determine which regions are lacking attention and can be considered for future decisions.

From the data, it follows that the distribution of assets is not reflective of the distribution of the population. Majority of regions have a low food asset count while having a high Latin American population. These regions were scattered throughout west, east, and south Vancouver. Though our data could be outdated because they come from different time zones, this could lead to information gaps of what food assets are currently available for Latin Americans.

After accessing our findings, the next recommended steps is to look into regions with a low asset to population ratio to further research if there is an information gap resulting in the low ratio and increase the number of collaborations with community organizations and charities that benefit the Latin American community in Vancouver along with encouraging more community engagements with representative groups would be valuable in understanding their hopes and visions for the future of the food system. Moreover, more updated statistics of the food environment that includes assets without online accessibility would be beneficial.

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