Seeds of Hope, the food justice ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, is working with GISCorps to establish a spatial asset management dataset and build associated web applications. Seeds of Hope was established to repurpose church property and facilities for the production and distribution of food in underserved communities across the six-county diocese. The program currently grows food at nearly 90 locations for distribution through more than 100 food pantries and meal programs in addition to providing nutrition and fitness education. The goal is to form all 210 institutions of the diocese into a fully vertically integrated food production and distribution system, producing food wherever it can be grown for distribution where and when it is needed.
GISCorps volunteer Mary Andrews is helping Seeds of Hope to build datasets and web mapping applications that will identify the infrastructure and personnel assets at each institution of the diocese that can be deployed for food production or distribution. Further, the map will serve to identify community needs surrounding each location and will include analytical tools that will facilitate more efficient production and distribution of food within the program.
Recruitment complete, project in progress.