New Orleans Food Maps (circa 2006)

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

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New Orleans Food & Farm Network
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, NOLA 70117

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Food & Farm Wishlist

NOFFN's budget is tight, so we make use of the resources available to us.
If you have unwanted tools or materials, we’ll be glad to make use of them to help urban farmers. Used items are always welcome!
  • Gardening tools: shovels, hoes, etc.
  • Handheld gardening tools: hand cultivator, spades, etc.
  • Canning supplies for food preservation demonstrations
  • Freezer bags for food preservation workshops
  • Concrete blocks for raised beds
  • Lumber for garden structures
  • Fencing
  • Seed starting trays
  • Vegetable seeds
  • Plant stakes and twine
  • Large containers for container gardening
  • 50 Gallon Drums to use as water barrels
  • And last but definitely not least, growing medium – soil, compost, manure, mulch, etc. – for growing.

  • All donations are tax-deductible!
    If you have items you would like to and can donate, please email to arrange for drop off or pick up. Thanks!