Digital Food Sharing
A way of connecting people to “invisible” and unconventional food resources.
After researching about the stigma surrounding food insecurity, our team came up with the concept to create a digital food map. The basic concept of the digital food map is to connect people with food, to people who need or are looking for food. Our idea does not involve fundraising or collecting donated food but instead establishing the mindset to share food. The digital food map will be accessible to anyone who wants to share food (Food Sharers) and those who want to receive food (Food Receivers).
Theory of Change:
If we create a crowd-sourced digital food map then we can share uncommon food resources and empower people with resources to connect with those without. This will help to reduce stigma around food insecurity because we will have created a system that offers clients freedom to access food without fear of judgement.
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Participants: Food sharers, volunteers and food recievers.
Digital food map: Ensuring that there are forums within the site so that users can share their posts in regards to who has food and who is in need.
Communications and Relations: Setting up chat options on the digital food map where users will share their stories, knowledge and be able to reach out to found resources.
Food Sharers will upload a post to the food map, through a user-friendly system that will share to others that view the map. The post will include details such as: food quality, quantity, availability, type, location, amoung other related information. The Food Sharers will upload their contact information on their post or it will be a description in their bio where they would have the option of staying private.
Food Receivers will look for posts uploaded by Food Sharers that meet their needs. Receivers have an opportunity to look at different kinds of food available, and even be able to post requests of their own. This system will provide access to the sustanence they require, with little to no food waste, along with establishing a space where users will have no fear of judgement in this open forum.
Volunteers will help in transferring the food safely and cleanly to those in need as well as ensuring that any who may have physical barriers are able to participate in this nourishing community.
How to establish your Digital Food Map:
Step 1: Idenify your users. Who will use your digital food map, why will they use your map, and how can you make it as user compatible as possible.
Step 2: Next will be the initial creation of your Digital Food Map where you may wish to hire a web designer to help you determine your lay-outs.
Step 3: Expecting users, be they Food Sharers or Receivers, to just appear out of thin air may not work out well. This means you will need to find partners to help kickstart this initiative; such as food banks, soup kitchens, The Salvation Army etc.
Step 4: Then your goal can be in finding hidden food resources such as food trees, those with access to food, such as restaurants, cafes, factories, grocery stores, etc.
Step 5: Finding volunteers and staff for site maintenance and the transferring of goods is an important aspect to take into consideration before the full launch of your site.
Step 6: Now you should have an established network that you can transfer digitally to provide information for your newest users until they feel comfortable enough to start giving back to what you have given them.
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Initial Sponsor: The Sharing Place: Food Bank
Program: Social Service Worker
Semester: Winter semester 2018
Designed For: “People who have food and people who need food.”
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