Introduction to The Food Opportunity Research Collaborative

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.

Contact Us

Glennon Sweeney | Kirwan Institute
614-688-1612
sweeney.270@osu.edu

Karima Samadi | OSU Extension
614-292-1378
samadi.2@osu.edu

Our Partners

The Food Opportunity Research Collaborative is an interdisciplinary research team made up of representatives from nine Ohio State departments or units.

More Food Justice Publications

Mapping the cost of a balanced diet, as a function of travel time and food price

Kirwan Authors: Christy Rogers and Jason Reece
Authors: N. Hilbert, Jennifer Evans-Cowley, Wendy Ake, and Casey Hoy

Alternative Agrifood Projects in Communities of Color: A Civic Engagement Perspective
Kirwan Authors: Glennon Sweeney, Kareem Usher, Kip Holley, and Christy Rogers
Authors: Casey Hoy, Jill Clark, and Colleen Spees

Finding Our Compass: The Process of Building our Community-University Food Mapping Team
Kirwan Authors: Christy Rogers
Authors: Michelle Kaiser, Michelle Hand, Casey Hoy, and Nick Stanich

The State of Food Mapping: Academic Literature since 2008 and Review of On-Line GIS-Based Food Mapping Resources
Kirwan Authors: Glennon Sweeney and Christy Rogers
Authors: Michelle Hand, Michelle Kaiser, Jill Clark, and Colleen Spees

Community-University Engagement via a Boundary Object: The Case of Food Mapping in Columbus, Ohio
Kirwan Authors: Christy Rogers
Authors: Jill Clark, Michelle Kaiser, Richard Hicks, Casey Hoy, and Colleen Spees

West Chester HEAL MAPPS Project