In 2019, The City of Port Moody and Fraser Health established the Tri-Cities Food Council, a table focused on supporting food security for all residents in the Tri-Cities region. Supporting food security means increasing physical, social, and economic access to nutritious, safe, personally and culturally acceptable food for its residents, with a focus on increasing availability of healthy food produced in a sustainable manner and recognizing the elements of Indigenous food sovereignty. Since then, the Cities of Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam, the Villages of Anmore and Belcarra, many service providers, non-profits and community members have joined.

Tri-Cities Region Food Security Action Plan

In 2021, the Tri-Cities Region developed its Food Security Action Plan to provide recommendations and guidance for community food security and household food insecurity in the region.  The objectives of the Food Security Action Plan were to:

  • Assess the current state of food security in the TCR.
  • Engage key stakeholders and community members in identifying barriers and opportunities related to local food security.
  • Identify food assets and create an online food asset map.
  • Create a customized and actionable plan for TCR governments, in partnership with community organizations and health authorities, to better support and encourage actions to increase food security in the region.

The Tri-Cities Region’s Food Security Action Plan provides all member municipalities, as well as local organizations and businesses, with a strong vision and directive towards increasing food production and distribution to enhance food security of all residents.

Tri-Cities Region Community Profiles and Food Security Assessment

An important component of the Tri-Cities Region Food Security Action Plan, the Community Profiles and Food Security Assessment provides descriptions of key food system and food security concepts and examines available demographic and food system data to create Community Profiles for each municipality within the Tri-Cities Region.

Tri-Cities Region Food Asset Map

The Tri-Cities Region Food Asset Map provides a visual representation of the locations of food assets within the region. Food assets included in the Tri-Cities region map are:

  • Farms, farmland and farmgate stands
  • Community gardens
  • Emergency food providers (food banks)
  • Local food retailers (small to large grocery stores)
  • Community meal programs
  • Community organizations (faith groups, community centres, non-profit groups)
  • Farmers markets
  • Food waste and recovery programs

Tri-Cities Food Stories and Diversity Project Community Cookbook

The Tri-Cities Food Stories and Diversity Project Community Cookbook is a collaboration between TCFC member organizations, including Port Moody. This digital resource is a collection of recipes from residents that moved to the Tri-Cities from other parts of the world, and now call the region home.