The Farm To Fork team is feverishly working to develop a mobile app that will make communication with the emergency food providers simpler, quicker, and real-time. Through the use of location-based technologies and smart phones, we’re building a collection of apps (for all of the major platforms) that will alert a donor the second they enter a grocery store or market of the needs of the food bank or pantry they’ve connected with. In this way, donors will know in real-time what items are needed.
The team is also working to update the system to accommodate expansion into other cities and regions. We’re hoping to roll out the system to several other cities over the next year. Stay tuned – we could be coming to your city next.
And finally, we’re working to grow our donor base. To all of you who have created an account in the system – thank you. Because of your awesome work we’re more determined then ever to fight hunger and food insecurity. It’s a battle we can win – together. But the job will be far easier the more we spread the word. To that end, we’re asking for your help.
- If you are connected with a group who you think might be interested in learning about the project – please let us know. We are more than happy to speak to anyone who is willing to listen.
- If you have a Twitter account – please talk about the project.
- If you have a Facebook page – please share our mission.
- If you have a blog – consider creating a widget that links to our sign-up page (like the one below).
- If your office is running a food drive – please consider linking with an emergency food provider through Farm To Fork (and let us know so we can share the awesome work you are doing).
- If you are a teacher and want to get your students involved – awesome. How can we help?
- If you have food to give – please sign up and connect with a local emergency food provider.
- If you want to support the project financially (i.e. paying students who are working on Farm To Fork in lieu of full-time summer positions) – please donate to Farm To Fork through the University of Guelph’s Better Planet Project (just let us know and we’ll get you connected to the appropriate people).
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will eliminate food insecurity in our community – together.