Food-mapping for Empowerment, Access, and Sustainable Transformation (FEAST) is an interdisciplinary community-university collaborative seeking to understand and address healthy food access at the community level through a community-based, participatory, and mixed methods approach. FEAST represents the merging of two distinct food mapping collaborative at OSU: The Food Mapping Team (FMT), led by Michelle Kaiser from the college of Social Work launched an assessment of 10 zip codes in Franklin County in 2014 and the Food Opportunity Research Collaborative (FORC) sought to understand the lived experience of food insecurity through implementation of a modified HEAL MAPPS™ participatory mapping approach. The two teams came together in 2017 with the help of a Connect and Collaborate Planning Grant.


Our Vision: Central Ohio residents who are engaged, empowered, and actively collaborating with decision makers to co-create a fair and sustainable food system that benefits our local economies, our environment, and the health of all people.

Our Mission: We seek to co-create a healthy, just, and accessible food environment by working together with Central Ohio residents and providing useful tools and training to understand and transform our local food system.


West Chester HEAL MAPPS Project

West Chester HEAL MAPPS Project

FEAST South Side Food Mapping

FEAST South Side Food Mapping

FEAST has four objectives:

  • Update and expand the FMT assessment throughout Central Ohio and create an online, interactive, and publicly accessible health and food environment database at the neighborhood level


  • Implement the modified HEAL MAPPS™ participatory mapping approach in partnership with 12 Central Ohio communities (4 urban, 4 suburban, and 4 rural) to understand the lived experience of food insecurity.


  • Build local capacity for sustainable food systems transformation by working in partnership with communities to identify barriers to healthy food access, generate solutions, build leadership, and make a seed investment in one community-generated solution per community.


  • Create a toolkit which will detail how to create a neighborhood level database, implement FEAST’s modified HEAL MAPPS™ Participatory Mapping approach, and build local capacity for sustainable food system transformation.

Our Research Questions:

How does the lived experience of food insecurity differ by:

  • Race, ethnicity, and immigration status


  • By community typology (urban, suburban, rural)


  • Throughout the lifespan (youth, adult, senior)


  • By level of food insecurity


  • Throughout the benefits cycle


  • For households with children, between school breaks and the school year

Can community generated solutions to improving local food environments be successfully implemented and sustained at the local level?

Our Partners

As a community-university collaborative, FEAST engages partners from across the university and broader Central Ohio community. Our partners are listed below and each name or entity links to a website for more information.

For more information about FEAST Contact:
Glennon Sweeney at / (614) 688-1612
or Karima Samadi at / (614) 292-1378