The NOLA Food Map Project began as a way to help returning residents find food in post-Katrina New Orleans. Created in conjunction with residents, Neighborhood Food Maps provide in-depth information about local food availability. Food maps allow everyone to visualize all the food and growing resources available in their communities and note opportunities for improvement.
Neighborhood Food Maps show:
- where people can buy fresh healthy foods (fruits, vegetables, whole grains)
- where people can grow food (community gardens, urban farms)
- which establishments are locally owned
- where EBT and WIC are accepted
NOFFN distributed thousands of printed neighborhood-based and emergency food maps in Summer 2006. Neighborhood Food Maps were placed in visible, communal areas so that they can be used as a tool for residents to locate food or make decisions about changing or adding to their food system.
The Food Maps highlight the food deserts in the city and where actions need to be be taken to increase food access.
A useful comparison can be made between the maps below (from 2006) and the more recent USDA Food Desert Locator. It shows how much more work we need to do in increasing food security in New Orleans.
Click on images for a PDF of each map