Food insecurity affects about a quarter of the world's population and more than 80 percent of US food banks are serving more people now than they did a year ago.
How can we apply technology towards these challenges? Join our next Public Good App House demo event and discover five apps that address food insecurity. This demo event is moderated by Amanda Namayi.
United Nations World Food Programme
ShareTheMeal is the mobile fundraising app from the United Nations World Food Programme. The app allows users to 'share their meal' with a hungry child with just a tap and $0.80, feeding 1 child for a day.
Reduce food waste and feed people affordably using Flashfood. Users 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.
Since 2014, MealConnect has been facilitating local food donations for community hunger relief organizations. In just a few months, Feeding America will launch functions allowing produce growers to donate crops anywhere in the country and enable Feeding America food banks to more easily share bounty with their lower-resourced peer food banks.
Code for America
Code for America built GetCalFresh to be the most human-centered, mobile-friendly, and efficient way to apply for the SNAP (also known as "food stamps") program. Code for America will share lessons learned while building the app, and what's coming next for helping Californians get the money for food that they're entitled to.
This presentation will showcase how a user can order a meal from one of OpenMeal's partnered restaurants and pay for it using their provided credits.
United Nations, World Food Programme
Founder and CEO
Managing Director of Digital Platform Technology
Code for America
Senior Software Engineer
Frontend Engineer Lead
Camaley Jennings, Partnerships Manager for the United Nations World Food Programme, is a native of Phoenix, Arizona and attended New York University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Media, Culture and Communications. Camaley's previous experience includes charity: water, The Obama Administration White House, Clinton Global Initiative and currently, she leads partnerships for ShareTheMeal, the mobile fundraising app from the United Nations World Food Programme. When she's not working to involve companies in the fight against hunger, she loves to spend time in the kitchen!
Josh Domingues is the founder and CEO of Flashfood, a mobile marketplace helping retailers reduce their food waste and feed people affordably.
Josh founded Flashfood in 2016 after reading about the environmental effects of food waste. Josh oftens cites that "if international food waste were a country, it would be the third leading cause of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) behind the US and China''. Flashfood doubles down on using food to do good, by rescuing food that can be used to help feed those in need or unable to afford fresh and healthy food options such as those that Flashfood provides.
Justin Block, Managing Director of Digital Platform Technology, joined Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger relief and food rescue organization, seven years ago.
Justin leads the team that developed MealConnect, the country's first nationally available food rescue app, which to date has connected almost 3 billion donated meals with people who need them. Previously, he worked in community development banking and owned and operated a restaurant for several years prior to his move to Chicago.
Block holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin and brings an entrepreneurial spirit and business mindset to his work.
Tom is a software engineer dedicated to improving people's interactions with government. He got his professional start building tools for organizing and talking politics online. Currently, he works as a Senior Software Engineer at Code for America, helping thousands of Californians per day easily apply for nutrition assistance via GetCalFresh.org. In his spare time, he works with the City of Oakland and Open Oakland to build a tool visualizing local campaign finance data. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH) with a degree in computer science.
Jonathan Sou is the Frontend Engineer Lead for OpenMeal. He aspires to use his technical expertise to drive positive change and social impact.
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
Amanda Namayi is a Youth Advocate for Climate Action & Zero Hunger. Currently, she is the GoGettaz Africa Lead at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). The GoGettaz are the largest Pan-African community of young agri-food entrepreneurs. Amanda’s role is a pioneering role to grow and curate the GoGettaz Africa community, and deliver the high-profile and far-reaching campaign and prize at the center of Generation Africa. She sits at the heart of efforts to inspire and promote a new generation of Africans that can drive growth, innovation and job creation in the agri-food sector.
Amanda’s journey in Agriculture started when she joined the Agricultural Finance Corporation as a System Developer and eventually rose to become the Executive Coordinator to the Managing Director.
Her advocacy for climate action and zero hunger has seen her participate in various fora globally as a contributor, speaker and/or moderator. Most notably, she was part of the all-youth team that organized, coordinated and moderated the Youth Special Event Plenary session during the 46th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in Rome, Italy. The youth-led plenary session was the first of its kind in the history of CFS.
In a voluntary capacity, she has served as Kenya’s Country Ambassador for the Global African Agribusiness Accelerator Platform (GAAAP) and Regional Coordinator for East Africa for the Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN). Currently, she is a Board Member of the global Youth Alliance for Zero Hunger.
Amanda’s ambition is to promote systems that can keep youth actively engaged in Agriculture both sustainably and profitably.
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