After hours of data entry, I finally completed my Food Banks of new Orleans Map. Development Services International is going to put it on the website and we will hopeful disseminate it to the food insecure around the city. My supervisor and I are brainstorming how to reach a wider audience, and what features we could add to the map to make it even better.
One idea was a complete community services map, with food banks, grocery stores, community centers, unemployment centers and more all in one place. It would be a tool that would help people capitalize on the resources that are already available in New Orleans. We are beginning to collaborate with other members of DevSI who are mapping sexual violence and racial crimes.
This project has opened many doors for the expansion of public service mapping within our organization and I’m happy to have been a part of it.