The idea behind Sourcemap is supply-chain transparency, whether it’s tracking the construction of a laptop or the environmental footprint of your new shoes. Most of the food-related maps seem to showcase ingredients of a product or dish, or present a visual for who supplies a market. I’d like to see more, and I’m quite curious to see the farm-to-school project in action. (This is Sourcemap’s entry describing the proposed project.) Supply chains (and distribution!) don’t get talked about much, besides a sort of vague “eat local” philosophy. There’s more to it than that. I want to know more about the nitty-gritty details.
This Food & Tech interview with Sourcemap talks about and hints at some of the difficulty of comprehensive food-mapping projects. A lot can be done by crowdsourcing and having open API and whatnot, but the maps still require dependable, usable data, people to make sense of that data, integration of separate sectors like the government and private corporations, and making sense of what may be considered separate, and sometimes competing, issues like the environment and food access.
The Post reports on how DC libraries are serving free lunches at 11 locations this summer to kids 18 and younger as part of the District’s Free Summer Meals Program, which provides up to two meals without income, residency, or identification requirements at nonprofits, community centers, and other government agencies.
Filling the gap of school breakfast and lunch programs, the library meals are “based on nutritional values and … a local grown component” as per DC’s Healthy Schools Act.