Publication Date

2016

Committee Chair

Fang Ren, Ph.D.

Committee Members

Mark P. Kumler, Ph.D.

Abstract

Despite plentiful food sources, the cultural habits of wasting food have become an urgent global issue with too many people dying of starvation simply because of the lack of proper food availability. Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino (FARSB) is one of many charities working to eliminate the problems of hunger and food waste in the Inland Empire of southern California. Although historically the organization has concentrated its efforts in the southwest area of the Inland Empire, FARSB now aspires to serve everyone in need within the entire Inland Empire.

This project focuses on three essential spatial problems. First, the optimal location for a second warehouse was established in order to extend the organization’s distribution and maximize its coverage. This involved a series of spatial analyses and location models. Second, a web-based GIS application was developed to define the areas of greatest need and the most potential donors to increase the success of fundraising. That application included spatial data-based demographics that were represented in interactive, multiscale, and bivariate maps. Third, a web application was created for people in need to locate service providers within their neighborhood. The application was developed using Esri configurable apps to facilitate its accessibility for users. The project addressed several spatial problems using various GIS technologies in order to achieve the organization goals.

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Analyzing Optimal Locations for Food Delivery (Poster)

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