Food Access Maps
Food insecurity is a complex issue. That's why GIS mapping can help visualize the issue of food insecurity across Jefferson County and the Denver Metro region. Through this series of interactive maps, you can visualize areas that lack adequate access to healthy, affordable food or have a high concentration of fast food options. You can also see the locations of important local resources, such as Community Supported Agriculture programs and food pantries, and their proximity to high needs areas.
Explore the interactive maps below and use the data for your own work.
This interactive map is a simple visualization showing linear distance and the driving distance along road networks from the geographic center of Jefferson County. This map was generated in response to a discussion at the Food Policy Council about “buy local” policies and what geographic areas, and therefore local food sources, would be considered within 100 miles of Jefferson County.
Abarrotes Bondadosa (Bondadosa) is a grocery delivery service with the mission of increasing fruit and vegetable access for communities across the Denver Metro region. Bondasosa wanted to look at areas in which they could expand their services, particularly into Jefferson County. In knowing the zip codes where their current customers reside, they wanted to investigate whether the areas we have identified as high need, as well as several other demographic characteristics, would help them determine where to look next. This interactive map allows them to view high needs areas, median household income, concentrations of single-parent families, Hispanic and Latino populations and elder populations.
As part of the Food Policy Council’s effort to increase awareness about local, healthy and affordable food options, it's important to connect the community with local food growers, farmers, farmer’s markets and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs. This map was developed to help visualize just how accessible CSA pickup sites are in Jefferson County.
High Needs Areas in Evergreen
This interactive map was developed to show high needs areas around Evergreen as part of a discussion about accessibility and populations that would benefit from better access to healthy and affordable food.
Jefferson County Public Health has been identifying High Needs areas in the County for the past five years. More recently there has been a desire to show the intersection between high needs areas, areas with limited access to grocery stores (food deserts) and areas with an overabundance of fast food options (food swamps). While the USDA provides some data about where food deserts exist the geographic scale makes it difficult to identify neighborhoods where resources may be lacking. This story map describes our process for identifying areas of high needs, food deserts and food swamps; how our methodology differs from the USDA; and how these all intersect.
Hunger Free Golden's Community Needs Assessment for the City of Golden
Jefferson County Public Health and Five Points Geoplanning provided GIS and mapping support for the Golden Community Food Assessment, working with Sophie Oppenheimer, the City of Golden, and Hunger Free Golden. Demographic and location data was collected and mapped to visualize the following in and around Golden: at-risk (high-needs) areas, concentrations of SNAP (also known as food stamps) recipients, poverty, median household income, unemployment, local free/reduced price food options, conventional food retailers, public transportation routes, survey locations and respondent home areas. The purpose of this effort is to better understand the barriers to food access in the Golden community; to identify the resources and opportunities that exist to provide affordable and accessible healthy food to the Golden community; and to identify potential solutions for reducing hunger and food insecurity
Students that benefit from free and reduced lunch while in school often experience a gap in food resources when school is not in session. This interactive map shows schools with higher percentages of students that rely on free and reduced lunch and their proximity to other food resources, such as food pantries.
GoFarm is a nonprofit organization with a mission to increase the supply of and access to affordable, healthy and local food in Colorado. In 2017, GoFarm worked with students at the Colorado School of Mines to develop a Market Matrix and SNAP Matrix to help identify potential locations for Community Support Agriculture (CSA) delivery. In 2018, Jefferson County Public Health helped update those matrices and developed an additional Opportunity Index that incorporated aspects of both with some additional factors to help identify areas throughout Jefferson County that could benefit from local food sources, such as CSAs.