Nashville Food

Nashville Food Accessibility Community Mapping

10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Location: Lee Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church 

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In December 2022, the Tennessee Department of Health awarded the Healthy Nashville Leadership Council (HNLC) a grant to conduct an environmental scan in North Nashville to examine the area's food availability landscape and historical causes of food insecurity. The HNLC project, Rooted Together Nashville, is partnering with The Nashville Food Project, Community Connexor, and the Nonprofit Equity Collaborative for the project. Other partners include Trap Garden, Mt Calvary Herman Street community garden, First Community Church community garden, Brooklyn Heights Community Garden, the National Center for Community Mapping, and  Meharry Medical College.

As part of the project, HNLC and the National Center for Community Mapping at Meharry plan to conduct community asset mapping for food accessibility in North Nashville on April 15th at Lee Chapel AME. The goal is to identify any provider related to food, including community gardens, and develop a policy impact based on data analysis. The community mapping approach is a more comprehensive way to understand food access disparities in North Nashville, compared to relying solely on the Food Desert Locator by the USDA.

Participants are invited to register for the event (click HERE), which includes a panel discussion and a community mapping workshop from 10am to 3pm. Lunch will be provided. For more information on community mapping and the event's agenda, see HERE. 

For media inquiries about the nonprofit collaborative effort, contact Kia Jarmon, Founding Director of the Nonprofit Equity Collaborative (615.592.6377 / For media inquiries about community mapping, contact Dr. Wansoo Im, Director of the National Center for Community Mapping and Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Meharry Medical College (

Volunteer Registration Form:

Nashville Food Accessibility Community Mapping Event Agenda:

Location: Lee Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church 

10:00 - 10:15 am: Opening

10:15 - 10:45 am: Food Accessibility Discussion

10:45 am - 11:15 am: What is Community Mapping (Dr. Wansoo Im, Meharry)

11:15 am - 11:45 am: How to do community mapping (How to use Mappler)

11:45 am - 1:00 pm: Fieldwork: Community Mapping

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm:: Lunch (Provided by Nashville Food Project)

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