ProBank

Pass the Produce On

Donate on your next grocery trip, at the check-out counter, to provide free and nutritious produce for local families in need.

Use Case

On a regular grocery trip, a family doing well for themselves is told by the cashier about this new ProBank program. The family just needs to check a box to donate on the checkout screen, and their money will subsidize nutritious produce for local families in need. To qualify for these benefits, a family in need must show proof of need through family income and household number to their local grocery store, and then, on their trip, they may use the ProBank program to get free produce. ProBank will market to both donors and recipients through flyers in community centers, county newsletters, and social media. This great work will be done by employees paid through extra profit of from the extra produce sold in the program, upping employee morale.

Potential

The food environment in which people live in and their access to healthy foods determines their diet, nutritional status, and whether or not they can be productive citizens of the world. Many supplemental food programs across the globe have been effective at improving food security, but ineffective at reducing hunger while providing a quality diet. Our concept will change the world because we shift our focus from cheap foods packed with calories and no nutrients, towards fresh quality food filled with nutrients that can sustain families in need. Our concept is more than just a food assistance program; it emphasizes on community building and unity to ensure that everyone is a part of finding a solution to this global issue.

Business Case

Our model is formed on the idea that it is a win, win scenario for those who are in need of food and grocery stores operating this program. Grocery stores will benefit from increased revenue, and they will have the opportunity to get rid of produce before they go bad in an effective way. This model will operate to serve and unite a local community. If ProBank is able to feed those in need in the local community, provide incentives to the grocery stores and create healthier, better functioning members of the society everybody wins. We believe this model is scalable, not only to other grocery stores in the United States, but around the world. Adopting a program like ProBank benefits the store, the consumer and ensure that those in the local community are consuming healthy foods.

Objectives:

  1. Provide free, nutritious and fresh produce to families in need.
  2. Create a basic and streamlined model, for fresh produce donation, than can be scaled up all over the globe.
  3. Use mobile phones to assist in linking those in need with fresh produce donated at local grocery stores.

Team ProBank

Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

Our Team

Our Mission

ProBank is a team of diverse students at Duke University dedicated to decreasing hunger and nutritional disparities in Durham, North Carolina. Our team plans to accomplish this by implementing a produce donation program at grocery store check-out lines. This program will be managed with an informative app connecting those in need with donated produce at local grocery stores.

Our Background

We are a group of global health students invested in our local community, and passionate about making an applicable model with potential for scale up. Our mission is aimed at providing quality, nutritional, and fresh produce to families in need in our community. We found a lack of food banks and donation programs that focus on the delivery of fresh produce to those in need. Additionally, our program was inspired by the fact that families on supplemental food programs often spend the majority of their allotted funding on cheap, low quality, and unhealthy foods. Our goal is to supplement people who rely on programs like SNAP with nutritious produce. Ultimately, the program hopes to unite each community under this nutrition issue: Grocery stores will increase sales through the program, community members will become more aware of this important issue affecting their neighbors, and families in need will get the nutrition they need. Our Team: Daniel: I am an American citizen, but grew up in Zambia, Namibia, Kenya, and the UK. I am deeply passionate about global health, decreasing health inequities, and increase access to care. Carissa: I am a Massachusetts native, military wife, and Global Health graduate student with a passion for maternal and child health. I believe nutrition, education, and effective intervention are a large components of improving maternal and child health, and my goal is to work in policy and advocacy. Naomie: I am a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo and I am interested in improving health disparities in Sub-Saharan Africa. I strongly believe that everyone should have access to quality produce regardless of their socio-economic status or geographic location; which is why I am excited about this program. I am invested in this program because I know that it will improve the quality of life of Durham residents and give everyone a chance to reach their optimum health. Helen: I am a senior studying International Studies and Global Health originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia. I am interested in children's health and hope to work in social impact consulting after graduation. In the meantime, I enjoy writing for my college newspaper and grabbing tea with strangers.

Our Team

Our Mission

ProBank is a team of diverse students at Duke University dedicated to decreasing hunger and nutritional disparities in Durham, North Carolina. Our team plans to accomplish this by ...Read More

Our Background

We are a group of global health students invested in our local community, and passionate about making an applicable model with potential for scale up. Our mission is ...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.