How do we foster equitable access to healthy food?
Nourishing Networks and Food Access Mapping
SEO FOODLINK is an online resource hub created through collaboration between Community Food Initiatives and the Food Justice Lab at West Virginia University. With the support of our funders and social service agencies of Southeast Ohio, we have replicated and developed tools to support a people-centered, resilient food network across Southeastern Ohio. Our vision is that all communities where each person has equal access to fresh, healthy food. Additionally, we vision a strong, resilient food network to support the health and well-being of all populations..
FOODLINK, piloted by West Virginia University in 2013, addresses the need for individuals to have access to nutritious and culturally appropriate food in sufficient quality and quantity. Southeast Ohio FOODLINK replicated what West Virginia FOODLINK had initiated. The project has collected data from Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Vinton and Washington counties and assessed the accessibility of food assistance locations and programs in each county. All data on food retailers accepting SNAP and WIC, as well as emergency food locations were mapped onto a FOODLINK search tool and are currently available to the public. Additionally, state and federal-level data was collected to create ten individual southeast Ohio county profiles. County profiles are available on the Reports page of the SEO FOODLINK page.
The resource hub was developed and went live in 2017. The map of our regional emergency food network will be updated every other year. The map helps visualize and share information to connect people and food resources. With increased participation, the map and resource hub will grow to reflect the resilient food assistance network across Southeastern Ohio.