Non-profit organizations (NPOs) are often unable to receive large donations from businesses due to the lack of storage facilities and resources. To help eliminate and meet the sustainable development goal of zero hunger, we created an application that pairs food drives with large donors that have expiring/excess food.
What it does
Businesses can enter information about their excess food inventory, days of inventory, and contact information. Next, NPOs will login and search our database for information on the donations they need. If they find a business with that item, they can contact them to pick it up.
To increase incentives for businesses to participate, MealMatch is free of charge. If an NPO doesn't pick up donations, they can continue to dispose of it as they typically would. It simply provides more resources and a solution to storage issues for food banks!
How we built it
For front-end, we used an online tool to create an interface that allows users to interact with our database. Additionally, we used figma for a mock-up of our web application.
Challenges we ran into
Since this was the first hackathon for two of our team members and the second hackathon for our third member, we had to learn various coding languages within the span of one day, as well as how to operate new IDE's and online tools.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Some accomplishments that we are proud of include learning all about front-end and back-end development, as well as how to connect the two to make a web application. We are also proud of the creation of our figma.
What we learned
All of us learned new front-end and back-end coding strategies required for making a web application. We were able to add new languages and strategies into our toolkit, and we hope that all of these acquired skills will come in handy for future hackathons (hopefully many!)
What's next for MealMatch
In the future, MealMatch looks to develop a website, as well as expand into mobile applications. We hope that we can utilize omni-channel marketing to make MealMatch as accessible as possible.
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