Food Packaging

ADDRESS REAL PROBLEMS
FACED BY FOOD SECURITY ORGANIZATIONS

This project matches makers, coders, and designers with community expertise to dream up new solutions that solve real problems experienced by folks working at food pantries and food banks. You can design against the problems, build tech from community-designed low-fi prototypes, and be inspired by what others have designed and deployed.

 

TOOLS FOR PANTRIES AND FOOD BANKS


We are learning from staff at pantries and food banks to explore where technology might address pressing issues they face. Scheduling food pickup appointments was a particular need, both to streamline processes inside the organization and to make it easier on clients to sign up and show up when it's convenient for them. In each video below, staff from TechSoup explain how you can optimize specific tools to address this operational need at your organization.

 

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How to Use Microsoft 365 to Schedule Food Pickup Appointments

TechSoup’s Kevin Mulhall walks us through the process of using Microsoft 365’s powerful tech tools to schedule food pickup appointments for your food security organization.

 

Before getting started, be sure to do the following:

Use these [printable directions], too. 

https://pages.techsoup.org/microsoft365-food-pickup

 

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How to use Google Workspaces to Schedule Food Pickup Appointments

 

TechSoup’s Kevin Mulhall walks us through the process of using Google Workspace’s powerful tech tools to schedule food pickup appointments for your food security organization.

 

Before getting started, be sure to do the following:

 

Use these [printable directions], too. 

http://pages.techsoup.org/google-food-pickup

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How to use Asana + Microsoft Outlook to Schedule Food Pickup Appointments

 

TechSoup’s Baily Maples walks us through the process of using Asana and Microsoft 365’s powerful tech tools to schedule food pickup appointments for your food security organization.

 

Before getting started, be sure to do the following:

  • Open an account with Asana

  • Ensure you have the right license (you'll need Premium, Business, or higher)

  • Create a new “Food Pick Up Requests” project in Asana

  • Create a separate new “Food Pick Up” calendar project in Asana

Use these [printable directions], too. 

https://pages.techsoup.org/asana-outlook-food-pickup

 

CURRENT TECH FOR INSPIRATION

Our team invites developers to share their social change technology with nonprofits and community stakeholders so that we can learn about new tools, provide community feedback, and learn from those who are designing for good.

Be inspired by the following tech and developer demos that address food insecurity in creative ways.

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OptimoRoute

OptimoRoute.com


Automate your route planning and delivery operations.





Food Rescue Hero

FoodRescueHero.org 


Mobilize thousands of volunteers at the touch of a screen





Plentiful

PlentifulApp.com 


A free, easy-to-use reservation system for food pantries and the people they serve.




Hunger: Not Impossible / Bento

gobento.com 


The simple, text-based service connects kids and families in need with stigma free prepaid, nutritious, to-go meals from nearby restaurants. *



Meal Connect

MealConnect.org 


MealConnect helps to save food that previously might have gone to waste — such as a small load of meat from a local butcher or a box of tomatoes from a farmers market.


Share the Meal

SharetheMeal.org 


The official app from the UN World Food Programme where you can feed a child for one day with just $.80





Order Ahead

OrderAhead.org 


A free app for community members and food banks to order free groceries quickly and discreetly online. Co-created with and for food banks.



Replate

Re-plate.org 


Businesses schedule on demand pickups for surplus food and donated food is delivered directly to those experiencing food insecurity.



HelpAction.org

HelpAction.org 


Connecting people in critical need with volunteers to provide free delivery of essential items.




Fresh Food Connect

FreshFoodConnect.org 


We are tackling food insecurity by linking home gardeners with hunger relief organizations.




Community Compass

CommunityCompass.app


A free, quick and easy app designed to show people where they can find food assistance in Marion County.




Flashfood

FlashFood.com


Get massive savings on fresh food items like meat and produce that are nearing their best before date at grocery stores across Canada and the U.S.


OpenMeal

OpenMeal.org 


An online platform allowing those in need to order food from family-owned restaurants funded by our generous donors.



AskIzzy

Infoxchange.org/au/Ask-Izzy


This web site connects community members to local social service resources like housing, food resources, mental health resources, financial assistance, and more.



Providers (previously Fresh EBT)

JoinProviders


Anyone with an EBT card can discreetly check and manage their SNAP balance with ease and access local coupons, special offers, resources, and jobs. 


Range App

RangeApp.org


This mobile app finds where free meals are served to school-aged youth when school is out of session during the summer. 



P2

goPrimarius.com 


A community resource planning solution that helps organizations with their mission.




Link2Feed

Link2Feed.com 


Link2Feed software will save you hours on program administration and reporting.




HelpKitchen

HelpKitchen.org


Community members can order free food from participating restaurants via SMS. Philanthropic partners cover the cost, and restaurants help feed the most vulnerable in their community.


GetCalFresh

GetCalFresh.org 


Apply for food stamps in 10 minutes.






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Rolling Harvest

RollingHarvest.org 


An app to connect local farmers with neighbors in need.





FoodFight

FoodFight 


Fueled by PostMates Civic Labs, this app helps restaurants reduce food waste while helping others by making meal delivery donations to local organizations that assist vulnerable communities.


Giving Garden

GivingGarden.io


Enable gardeners and local- food enthusiasts to share ideas, questions, events and extra homegrown produce.




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How to use Asana + Google Calendar to Schedule Food Pickup Appointments

 

TechSoup’s Baily Maples walks us through the process of using Asana and Google’s powerful tech tools to schedule food pickup appointments for your food security organization.

Before getting started, be sure to do the following:

  • Open an account with Asana

  • Ensure you have the right license (you'll need Premium, Business, or higher)

  • Create a new “Food Pick Up Requests” project in Asana

  • Create a separate new “Food Pick Up” calendar project in Asana

Use these [printable directions], too. 

https://pages.techsoup.org/asana-google-food-pickup

 

 

 

The aim of this project is to match community expertise with technology imagination to share, design, and build tools that address food insecurity in communities supported by Truist banks.

This project is part of a multi-phased grant funded by the Truist Foundation. Thanks to Truist for their generosity and the freedom to identify new ways of helping nonprofits address this critical need.

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