Roughly 1.4 million New York City residents rely on emergency food programs each year. Additionally, 60% of EFP members claimed food support programs, such as SNAP, as their primary source of product. Even though programs such as SNAP exist, many members have reported that they receive insufficient resources from the program that do not last through the month due to the fact that SNAP itself is lacking resources to provide.
Solution and Scope –
The solution we came up with was to create a website and mobile application! The website is aimed towards food banks to maintain their inventories therefore, providing people, both in need of food and interested in donating, the most accurate information. The mobile application is aimed towards people looking for food and for people interested in helping food banks by donating food.
Technical Specification & High Level Design
Challenges We Faced & What We Learned
One of our biggest challenges was trying to find a time to meet up as a team. This was difficult for us because we lived in different time zones. We had people in the EST, PST, and IST time zones, so it was hard to find a time when everyone could meet. A lot of the time, this required someone staying up very late or someone waking up very early.
In the future, we want to expand our location so our project can access many more food banks and users around the country! As of now, we only focus on New York, but we want to expand to many more locations around the country. We also want to add direct financial donations through the app.