Farm To Fork Mobile Application

The right food. The right people. The right time.

As users enter a grocery store, the app notifies them of specific and immediate needs in their community so they can take action and donate.

Tags:
  • #FoodInsecurity
  • #FoodBanks
  • #BetterFood
  • #TheRightPeople
  • #TheRightFood
  • #EmergencyFood
  • #Hunger
  • #TheRightTime

Use Case

A user can sign up for a Farm-To-Fork account, using the mobile app, and select the food bank they would like to donate to. The next time to user goes grocery shopping the mobile app will notify them, as they enter the grocery store, with the needs of their selected food bank. This reminds the user of the items that are needed and gets them thinking about donating while they are at the grocery store.Using the mobile app, the user can now pledge items they want to donate, pick them up, and drop them off at the location.

Potential

Millions of people in the world are food insecure. Hundreds of organizations supported by thousands of people working to fix that. We think by helping to make this action more timely and specific, we can have major impact. We think Farm to Fork will radically alter the conversation on food insecurity. Imagine a future where food insecurity doesn’t exist. We know that will take time and effort because this is a complex problem. We believe Emergency Food Providers don’t need to be told how to do their job. They just need more of us to say: “I’m willing to help.” We want to be those people. We’re optimistic about people. We believe they want to help but need someone to point them in the right direction. We want to connect those who can help with those who need it – then get out of the way.

Business Case

In Canada alone, more than 800,000 people access food banks each month. We find that simply unacceptable. It’s also why we’re fundamentally opposed to building this as a for-profit project. Just like the larger Farm To Fork organization, our team is building this mobile app to be given away, for free, to anyone anywhere in the world who can use it. This is a pervasive problem. One we think we can help to solve. Could it generate revenue? Probably? Is it much more difficult finding the funds through donations and grants? Most definitely. But, we wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s that belief that fuels our team: the idea that a group of caring individuals can and should make the world a better place solely because they can, without a profit motive. We think it’s kinda cool, in fact.

Objectives:

  1. Measurably improve the quality and quantity of food donations in local emergency food systems.
  2. Offer access to Farm To Fork free to any community anywhere in the world who can use it to help.
  3. Secure point-of-sale integration with major grocery chains to facilitate donations.

Team Farm To Fork

Guelph, Canada

  • App / Game / Technology
  • Hunger / Obesity
  • Global

Our Team

Social Media Success / Published December 7, 2014 by Corey Alexander

Social Media Success

We're pretty excited. To date the Farm To Fork Twitter account has over 1100 followers, and the Farm To Fork Facebook page has received almost 300 likes. The Farm To Fork blog has been viewed almost 10000 times, with traffic coming from across Canada, the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, and more.

The Farm To Fork T-Shirt / Published December 7, 2014 by Corey Alexander

The Farm To Fork T-Shirt

https://twitter.com/Farm_2_Fork/status/541409710361280514

To spread the word about the project, we've created Farm To Fork t-shirts.

Thank You / Published December 7, 2014 by Corey Alexander

Thank You

https://farmtoforkguelph.wordpress.com/2013/10/05/thank-you/

Launch of the Farm To Fork website.

Every Day Of The Month / Published December 7, 2014 by Corey Alexander

Every Day Of The Month

https://farmtoforkguelph.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/every-day-of-the-month/

Feedback from someone who needs the help of the food bank

Our Mission

The goal of Farm To Fork is to radically change the way we think about food insecurity in our communities. We believe that all of us, working together, can dramatically improve the quality and quantity of food available to those who need it most. Using the web and mobile technology, we're helping to connect Emergency Food Providers (EFPs) to donors to facilitate real-time action around food insecurity in our communities. Farm To Fork allows the EFPs to post grocery lists of needs. Donors are then updated and can pledge to deliver all or part of the list of needs to support better access to larger quantities of healthier food for those who need it most.

Our Background

We are students at the University of Guelph who are passionate about using technology to solve food insecurity. Our project is predicated on the belief that solutions should be simple, smart, and scalable.

Social Media Success / Published December 7, 2014 by Corey Alexander

Social Media Success

We're pretty excited. To date the Farm To Fork Twitter account has over 1100 followers, and the Farm To Fork Facebook page has received almost 300 likes. The Farm To Fork blog has been viewed almost 10000 times, with traffic coming from across Canada, the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, and more.

The Farm To Fork T-Shirt / Published December 7, 2014 by Corey Alexander

The Farm To Fork T-Shirt

https://twitter.com/Farm_2_Fork/status/541409710361280514

To spread the word about the project, we've created Farm To Fork t-shirts.

Thank You / Published December 7, 2014 by Corey Alexander

Thank You

https://farmtoforkguelph.wordpress.com/2013/10/05/thank-you/

Launch of the Farm To Fork website.

Every Day Of The Month / Published December 7, 2014 by Corey Alexander

Every Day Of The Month

https://farmtoforkguelph.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/every-day-of-the-month/

Feedback from someone who needs the help of the food bank

Our Team

Our Mission

The goal of Farm To Fork is to radically change the way we think about food insecurity in our communities. We believe that all of us, working together, ...Read More

Our Background

We are students at the University of Guelph who are passionate about using technology to solve food insecurity. Our project is predicated on the belief that solutions should ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.