The Food Opportunity Research Collaborative (FORC) is an interdisciplinary university-community research team made up of OSU faculty, staff, students, and community partners. FORC desires to gain a better understanding of the lived experience of food insecurity.
Specifically, FORC is interested in understanding how the lived experience of food insecurity differs based on community typology (urban, suburban, or rural), race and ethnicity, and level of food security. FORC employs a modified version of a participatory mapping approach known as Healthy Eating and Active Living Mapping Attributes using Photographic Participatory Surveys (HEAL MAPPS).
FORC wrapped up a project in West Chester, Ohio located in suburban Butler County. The community report and corresponding story map from that project are available. FORC will be collaborating with I Am My Brother’s Keeper to work on the Southside of Columbus.