SEO FOODLINK is a tool created through collaboration between Community Food Initiatives and the Food Justice Lab of West Virginia University. With the support of our funders and social service agencies of Southeast Ohio, we have replicated and developed a resource hub to support a people-centered, resilient food network in our region. Our vision is of communities where everyone has equal access to fresh, healthy food.
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 is replicating what West Virginia FOODLINK has 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 will be mapped onto a FOODLINK search tool and available to the public. Additionally, state and federal-level data will be collected to create ten individual southeast Ohio county profiles.
The resource hub, developed and updated annually with community participation, will map our regional food network. It will help visualize and share information to connect people and food resources. With each participating member, the resource hub will grow.