1 in 10 households in Minnesotans are food insecure and over 9,000 individuals visit a food shelf each day. Energy dense, nutrient poor foods (high in fat and salt) are readily available while fresh, healthy, and local (nutrient dense) foods are inaccessible to many. GIS can be used to highlight access points to fresh foods, map the flow of healthy foods, shine a light on organizations doing good work to bring about fresh food access, and find solutions and new opportunities.
A few ideas that we can build off of:
- build off work of team last year that mapped available plots of land for community gardens. Map ways that home and community gardens can support the work fo food shelves. Map prototypical yard usage for different towns/neighborhoods. Explore place-based opportunities for growing food on one's own property.
- Map the flow of food waste. explore ways we can divert retail, on farm, and food waste towards hunger relief efforts, local foods entrepreneurs, etc.
- Map local fruit trees and places folks can harvest/forage/glean free produce.
- compare access to fresh food vs. access to fast foods
- Explore transportation issues related to food access (how far to farmers market or grocery store? how many modes of transportation available?)
would love to hear your ideas!