Supperlative is a food waste reduction project that seeks to connect leftovers with companies in need. This isn't the Hunger Games, but let's game to help end hunger!
We found three main user groups involved in helping out the food insecurity problem in local communities.
First, the community. The community is made up of everyone from volunteers looking for a place to help out to community members who are food insecure looking for the closest place to get a meal. Our website is the only database that has compiled food shelters, snap assistance kitchens, allowing volunteers and community members to find the most convenient location for them without having to check multiple sites. We kept in mind that many food insecure populations do not have access to expensive items like smartphones to allow them to use apps, but can use websites at local public areas to find these places.
Second, the company. Companies can be anything from restaurants to grocery stores who often have excess food or waste that they can donate. We provide a quick and easy way for companies to figure out who to donate food to at the closest point, without having to throw it to waste and allowing them to tally for tax break incentives. By incentivizing companies to travel to farther places for more points on the ranking system, we tackle the food insecurity in food-deserts that rarely find places to distribute to them. This system that puts companies into contact with local non-profits also will allow them to have more contacts beyond their already existing partnerships. Additionally, companies gain exposure to community members about all the good they have done for good publicity.
Third, the distributers. This is the non-profits, soup kitchens, food pantries, food banks and any other group that redistributes food to the community at large. Through our website they gain exposure for more community members in need of food to find them, more volunteers to and for more companies to be able to facilitate donations to them.
By using public data posted by individual websites and organizations, we compiled shelters, food banks, food pantries, SNAP kitchens and more into one location. Additionally, using the data provided regarding food insecurity percentages in terms of counties in Texas, we are able to reward companies with larger points if they decide to help out more vulnerable populations. We also kept in mind FDA food regulations and food spoilage wastes by distinguishing between perishable and non-perishable goods to match up companies with non-profits.
Some websites we got our data from: