The Food Justice Lab develops its action research program through partnerships with community-based organizations, state agencies, regional networks, and collaborating scholars. Currently, the Food Justice Lab is engaged in research with the following partners.
The Food Justice Lab provides research, assessment, outreach and training support to the USDA funded Family Nutrition Program (FNP) which operates through WVU Extension. In collaboration with Kristin McCartney and FNP health educators we have developed the Nourishing Networks Workshop program that helps build capacity for food system change. We also provide assessment support through data collection and analysis of the SNAP-ED program and other nutrition outreach and food access initiatives led by FNP staff and partners.
The Food Justice Lab provides responsive research and strategic consulting support to WV Food and Farm Coalition (WVFFC). In collaboration with Spencer Moss and WVFFC staff we recently completed a state-wide study of small-scale farm viability among specialty food crop growers in WV that supports their strategic planning and policy work. We also provide data and analysis of food access and farm issues in support of their direct advocacy efforts at the state and national level. Dr. Bradley Wilson also serves on the WVFFC board of directors.
The Food Justice Lab has provided responsive research support to both state-wide food banks in the form of annual survey data collection and analysis of emergency food agencies operating in their network. We also publish and update a state-wide geo-web map of all food assistance agencies affiliated with the two food banks.
The Food Justice Lab has led a team of researchers in the identification of rural healthcare deserts and design of a geo-web portal for use by the Rural Health Initiative composed of health leadership in the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine, WVU Institute of Community and Rural Health, Marshall University School of Medicine.
The Food Justice Lab has provided responsive research regarding federal nutrition and food assistance programming to the WV Center for Budget and Policy. We have also engaged in the formation of a coalition of anti-hunger advocacy organizations concerned with the rollback of critical nutrition funding and effective food programming in West Virginia and nationally.
The Food Justice Lab is working on a two year collaborative research project with the WVDA in support of the rollout of food prescription programming connecting farmers, doctors and patients through health systems working with people struggling with diabetes, obesity or other diseases.