About DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society (DIVERSEcity)
DIVERSEcity’s mandate is to support immigrants and refugees and other diverse communities to build the life they want in Canada. For 40 years DIVERSEcity has contributed to the development of inclusive and diverse communities in Surrey and beyond. The organization is rooted within the community, building partnerships that enable the provision of culturally responsive, wraparound services to support the livelihoods of refugees and immigrants through settlement, employment and social enterprise, clinical counselling and language programs. DIVERSEcity also supports community capacity building projects and research that enables systems accessed by refugee and immigrants to become more equitable across Surrey and B.C more broadly.
Food insecurity is a significant issue that effects the livelihoods of refugee and immigrant communities, which has been further compounded by the effects of COVID-19. Racial inequity in Surrey food systems means an estimated 43,463 racialized residents are food insecure, lacking access to culturally appropriate affordable foods. In response to the emerging food security issues from the impacts of COVID-19, DIVERSEcity’s Food Security Programming has pivoted from traditional offerings (Community Kitchens and Gardens, food and health literacy and advocacy) to meet the urgent and emerging food needs of refugee and immigrant community members through food accessibility programs and working collaboratively with community partners to support local food hubs. DIVERSEcity is looking to further its role in responding to the food security and justice needs of its community and supporting current community-led food security and justice initiatives through the development of an informed social enterprise.
A thorough needs and asset assessment of the current Food Security initiatives DIVERSEcity provides, coupled with a stakeholder engagement survey with key partners has informed DIVERSEcity’s role and development of a food justice based social enterprise concept. This informed DIVERSEcity’s successful application to receive funding from the Vancouver Foundation’s Investment Readiness Fund to implement a project that is an ideation and desirability study to understand if a recovered food online marketplace connecting Surrey "foodpreneurs" to racialized resident-led food security initiatives addresses food insecurity.
This project aims to obtain local data/deep user insight to check solution alignment to need and to formalize the concept into a clearer idea. Little local data is available other than anecdotal evidence or estimates from other jurisdictional data. This will provide capacity within the organization to position business planning and business development in a circular food economy.
Statement of Work
The investment readiness continuum is a non-linear spectrum between the conception of an idea, its implementation and investment readiness. Employment and Social Development Canada defines five stages in this continuum with different skills and supports required at each stage. This project falls into the category of Early Stage Innovation: Exploration and ideation of the initiative - aligning a proposed solution to an identified need.
Aim of Project:
Using a design thinking approach, to validate whether a virtual circular food economy promoting platform and online marketplace aligns to the needs of newcomer/racialized residents and foodpreneurs and further ideate it to ensure it fosters food security.
The proposed project would include:
DIVERSEcity is looking for qualified contractors to provide a Quotation for this Work based on this Statement of Work. The contract term will be, February 19, 2021 to June 1, 2021. The maximum budget for the consultancy fee is $35,000. Project support costs (honorariums and interpretational and translation for participants) is in addition and will be coordinated internally by DIVERSEcity.
Contractors must have:
Qualified contractors interested in bidding on this Work should submit a Quote (2 pages maximum) detailing their:
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