Little Taste of Home

Connecting students to their respective cultural foods through the use of an ethnic food wayfinding system.

In 2017 there were an estimated 494,525 international students studying at all levels within Canada, 1,066 of these students study at Georgian College. Many of these international students are unfamiliar with western foods and are unaware of the ethnic resources that are available to them within their new communities. This creates the need to help students to discover these available resources.

Under the theme of Resiliency, we worked with various Georgian stakeholders, to develop “A Little Taste of Home”, a mapping initiative designed to create more inclusivity for International and Indigenous students seeking to access their traditional foods and ingredients throughout Simcoe County. Furthermore, we began exploring the potential of growing into a Social Enterprise, whereby students from the culinary department at Georgian College would prepare a variety of diverse traditional ethnic meals in which both international students, as well as domestic students, may have delivered which generates a sustainable revenue.

Theory of Change:

By connecting students with their diverse cultural food needs through the use of an ethnic food way-finding system, we can inspire success in their educational experience, by building and fostering their resilience through establishing their respective food identities within their communities.

By respecting the inherent value of diversity and the access to it, we begin to mitigate one component of the stigma surrounding Food Insecurity.

Getting Started

A Little Taste of Home will assist you in creating a framework for your potential enterprise. As you explore this page you will come across a variety of tools and materials that will help guide you through your experience.

Despite the amount of paperwork and resources that we are able to provide for you, what we need is for you to take that step forward. We challenge you not only to create A Little Taste of Home, but to develop it and grow it as your own!

To kick start the process check out your community’s population; is it diverse? Would it be beneficial to gain more specific information regarding international and indigenous food sources? Of course it would!

Once you know your community’s population, it will enable the narrowing down of targets and discover any potential resources.

The Process

Ethnic Food Map -Wayfinding System:

Step 1: Determine the level of diversity present within the community in which you plan on kick-starting this project.

Step 2:  Locate ethnic food sources within the community that you plan on implementing this project in, such as supermarkets and traditional ethnic restaurants.

Step 3:  Once a list of local ethnic food resources has been developed, the information gathered can be categorized into a local ethnic food map which encompasses the community chosen for the development of the project.

Step 4: Promote the project within the community using your established platform, in places such as post-secondary establishments.

Social Enterprise:

Step 1: Determine the target population in which you plan on developing the enterprise. This will help in the development of a meal plan that reflects the diversity of the population in which it will serve.

Step 2: Locate an accessible kitchen space that will enable the cook to prepare the customizable dishes.

Step 3: Potential chefs need to be educated on how to prepare genuine traditional ethnic food dishes.

Step 4: Develop a customizable subscription platform to establish a sustainable revenue from the enterprise.

Step 5:  Enlist food delivery agents, such as students, to distribute the meals to potential customers.

  • There are tools to assist in these processes located within the Additional Materials and Resources section
Additional Materials and Resources


A tool to help in the creation of a timeline, as well as a plan of action to get your idea out into the world. The roadmap helps gather key stakeholders and collectively establish a timeline, assign responsibilities and establish milestones.

Sustainable Revenue

A tool that will assist in establishing a long-term revenue strategy to optimize your idea in order to to have maximum impact.

Define Success

A tool to help establish what success looks like.

Staff Your Project: Build an efficient and effective team.

A tool to assist in building a team that can take your project from concept to completion.

Measure and Evaluate

A tool that assists in developing a way in which you can measure and evaluate your project.

Capabilities Quicksheets

A tool to assist in developing a plan to find out if you’re having the impact that you intended to have.

Theme: Resiliency
Initial Sponsor: Georgian Food Cultures
Program: Child and Youth Care
Semester: Winter 2018
Designed For: Colleges
Supporting: Students
Additional Keywords: International, Indigenous, map

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