Feeding the City: Tackling Food Insecurity in Vancouver

Food at the Tipping Point: Ways Forward from a Food System in Crisis

Feeding the City: Tackling Food Insecurity in Vancouver

Are you concerned about rising food insecurity in your own community? You’re not alone. Food insecurity affects one in five children in BC, visits to the food bank have risen exponentially year over year, while the problem is only worsening with the cost of living crisis, the impacts of the pandemic and extreme weather events.

On April 20, we invite you to join our panel of experts at our speaker series’ first in-person event as we explore creative and long-term solutions to tackle food insecurity in Vancouver.

This event features a panel discussion followed by a breakout session. Space is limited — register early at the form below to secure your spot. Snacks and refreshments will be provided, BYOM (bring your own mug)!

Global Lounge (Media Centre room) | 2205 Lower Mall Building 1, Vancouver, BC

View all 10 events in the series here!

Illyra Soebroto – Food Policy Assistant at the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems

Illyra Soebroto (she/her) is a fourth-year International Relations major and currently serves as a Food Policy Assistant at CSFS. In this role, she collaborates with various departments, including UBC Food Services, to develop a Campus Food Charter. While Illyra’s early education sparked her interest in policy analysis, her passion for sustainable food systems flourished after taking the course LFS 302b in her home country of Indonesia. During the course, she worked alongside local village members to troubleshoot their cassava-processing industry. As an International Relations student, Illyra tries to approach all of her work through an intersectional lens, which she finds crucial to creating an inclusive framework like the Campus Food Charter.


Joey Liu 廖星遥 – South Vancouver Neighbourhood House

Joey Liu 廖星遥 (she/her) is a first-generation Cantonese immigrant settler living on the sacred and stolen homelands of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. She has been connecting herself and others through food for the last ten years. Joey is currently the Food Security Manager at South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, where she is working with her team and network of community partners to lead the South Vancouver Community Food Hub.


Theo Lamb – Quest Outreach Society

Theo Lamb serves as Executive Director of Quest Outreach Society where she works to disrupt the cycle of poverty through access to healthy and affordable food. By bridging the gap between food banks and traditional grocery stores, Quest provides a grocery experience based on principles of dignity, access, and sustainability across a network of non-profit grocery markets across the Lower Mainland. Theo is co-founder of Feeding Growth, a program currently run in partnership by Vancity and UBC Farm that is committed to supporting progressive food entrepreneurs interested in scaling their business.


We have reached maximum capacity for the event. Please complete the form below to be added to the waitlist. You will be emailed if a spot opens up.

The Food at the Tipping Point: Ways Forward from a Food System in Crisis series is brought to you by the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS), the BC Food Web, the Faculty of Land and Food Systems (LFS), and the Royal Bank of Canada. This 10-part speaker series addresses the urgent need for widespread, dramatic change and provides us inspiration and real solutions.