The struggle of balancing meal plans and eating out is a universal experience for all college students. For many, college is the first time individuals are financially independent. When faced with the responsibility of managing their own meals, students tend to overspend. Many of our peers are either left with hundreds of meal swipes left, or they run out before the semester is over. Not only is this equivalent to thousands of dollars in wasted money—which is a big deal to a college student—but it also results in wasted food, resources, and a worse Carolina Dining experience. This web app was created to help students learn to be financially independent during their first few years out of their homes.
What it does
Heel Meals allows users to make an account to track their meal plan and food spending budget. The web app will automatically calculate the recommended weekly meal swipes and eating out budget. This way, students will not have excess swipes leftover or run out before the semester ends. There is also a social aspect to post if you have extra swipes to donate or need meal swipes that week. Not only can this help with food scarcity, but it can also encourage student socialization and help foster a closer campus community powered by food!
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Successfully integrating these languages into a clean web app with an easy-to-use interface.
What we learned
What's next for Heel Meals
Partnering with Carolina Dining to make the swipe updates automatic and expanding to other campuses! Meal swipe management is a universal college struggle.