Despite being a global priority in the eyes of the United Nations, food insecurity still affects hundreds of millions of people. Even in the developed country of Canada, over 5.8 million individuals (>14% of the national population) are living in food-insecure households. These individuals are unable to access adequate quantities of nutritious foods.
What it does
Food4All works to limit the prevalence of food insecurity by minimizing waste from food corporations. The website addresses this by serving as a link between businesses with leftover food and individuals in need. Businesses with a surplus of food are able to donate food by displaying their offering on the Food4All website. By filling out the form, businesses will have the opportunity to input the nutritional values of the food, the quantity of the food, and the location for pickup.
From a consumer’s perspective, they will be able to see nearby donations on an interactive map. By separating foods by their needs (e.g., high-protein), consumers will be able to reserve the donated food they desire. Altogether, this works to cut down unnecessary food waste by providing it to people in need.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Overall, we are extremely proud of the web application we created. The final website is functional and it was created to resolve a social issue we are all passionate about. Furthermore, the project we created solves a problem in a way that hasn’t been approached before. In addition to improving our teamwork skills, we are pleased to have learned new tools such as Google Maps Platform. Last but not least, we are thrilled to overcome the multiple challenges we faced throughout the process of creation.
What we learned
What's next for Food4All - End Food Insecurity
There are a variety of next steps of Food4All. First of all, we want to eliminate the potential misuse of reserving food. One of our key objectives is to prevent privileged individuals from taking away the donations from people in need. We plan to implement a method to verify the socioeconomic status of users. Proper implementation of this verification system would also be effective in limiting the maximum number of reservations an individual can make daily.
We also want to add a method to incentivize businesses to donate their excess food. This can be achieved by partnering with corporations and marketing their business on our webpage. By doing this, organizations who donate will be seen as charitable and good-natured by the public eye.
Lastly, we want to have a third option which would allow volunteers to act as a delivery person. This would permit them to drop off items at the consumer’s household. Volunteers, if applicable, would be able to receive volunteer hours based on delivery time.
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