The USDA reported that nearly 50 million people live in food-insecure households, and yet food waste in the United States is estimated between 30-40% of the entire food supply. The majority of this food waste comes from restaurants, grocery stores, and manufacturers. While there are Good Samaritan laws protecting donors, many companies simply are not aware or have no convenient means of donating.
We want to reduce waste and supply unsold food to the communities who need it most by connecting food suppliers with food banks, shelters, and other social service centers.
What it does
SeattleFoodCycle helps distribute excess or ready-to-expire food from local restaurants, stores, or other foodservice establishments to food pantries and shelters using the Lyft driver network.
A food supplier can post available donations and scheduling requirements, and organizations can view and request donations to be delivered. Lyft drivers receive notifications if their current route matches a donation route.
How I built it
We designed SeattleFoodCycle by researching, white boarding, developing wireframes, and creating high fidelity mockups. We then built it using Ionic3/Angular4 with Google Firebase for the backend.
Challenges I ran into
This is a large mobile/web application with many moving parts. Trying to tackle the whole idea in 24hrs was a little bit more than we could chew.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
We have a very effective proof-of-concept wireframe for the application.
What I learned
Improved Firebase and Angular4 skills. Practiced using Git on collaborative projects
What's next for SeattleFoodCycle
Building the application in its entirety, incorporating Lyft's driver network, and connecting with local groups in need.