METHODS: Data collected through the app include metrics such as: #volunteers, #rescues, #miles driven, #pounds of fresh food, #nonprofit recipient sites, #food donor sites #minutes between rescue notification to a rescue being adopted, #miles distance between donor and nonprofit.
RESULTS: Hunger Network will have six months of data for presentation at the conference. In 2019, our goal is to rescue one million pounds of food, a food value estimated at $2.4 million. In year two, we want to reach 1.5 million pounds of food. We are aiming for 6,500 food rescues and in the second year, increase to 7,500. We anticipate building a volunteer corps of 500 new volunteers and by the second year, we have engaged 1,000 volunteers. Based on our goal of 1 million pounds of rescued food, we will reduce the amount of CO2 emissions by approximately 758,000 pounds. Each year, with more rescued food, we will increase the reductions in CO2 emissions.
CONCLUSION: The importance of using tech is transformative for food security initiatives allowing for increased programmatic reach at lower costs. This food rescue program directly benefits those in need and also has a positive impact on our environment.