Surrey /White Rock Food Action Coalition [FULL]

About the project

The city of Surrey is growing in size and diversity and the types of food choices available have an impact on community health in particular to those affected by socio-economic barriers. The purpose of this project is to create an illustrated snapshot of the food environment in the neighborhood of South Surrey.

This project will help the organization enhance the knowledge of the local food environment in the area and help the organization develop projects and programs to improve accessibility of healthy foods.

We will assess the availability and accessibility of food outlets in these areas through data collection and mapping. Our goal is to translate the results into a visual image of the number of healthy, moderately healthy and unhealthy food resources. Time permitted a site visit will be conducted as part of experiential learning.

These results will contribute to previous research findings and provide community stakeholders with a broader view of the current food systems in Surrey. Volunteers will deliver their findings and recommendations to community stakeholders on the third day of the project. The presentation is an integral part of this work as it will inform current and future policies impacting community health and wellness.


Programming Dates
Kick-off Orientation Saturday, February 8 from 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Tuesday, February 18 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wednesday, February 19 from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Thursday, February 20 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

What you will do

  • An understanding of the relationship between food literacy and healthy communities.
  • The opportunity to engage directly with community stakeholders from the Seeds of Change Leadership team, the White Rock/Surrey Food Coalition and invited local government policy makers and influencers.
  • The opportunity to enhance and deliver your presentation skills to a wider audience of professionals from the not for profit sector.
  • Project management skills including team building, team cohesion, community engagement and time management.
  • Collating data and mapping.
  • Participate in a site visit and collect observational data.
  • Create a map of food sources in the designated neighborhoods.
  • Create a report on the availability of these food sources and where they lie on the healthy food spectrum.
  • Present findings in a presentation format to the Seeds of Change Leadership team, community members and invited guests.
  • Training in mapping and coding skills is an asset


  • An interest in community based learning through research and experiential learning.
  • An interest in understanding the relationship between food literacy and healthy communities.
  • Ability to travel to Surrey Central Station
  • Ability to work in a small team
  • Strong communication skills

Placement location

Base of operations will be at Central City Library in Surrey (10350 University Drive, Surrey BC V3T 4B8). Location is within walking distance from the Surrey Central Skytrain Station and bus loop.

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