Saturday, September 6, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Full Text of NY Times Article
Hunger Maps for Free Summer MealsBy Jennifer 8. Lee
Can you fight hunger through a Google maps mashup?
The New York City Coalition Against Hunger believes that, in part, you can, which is why it has rolled out maps of the five boroughs showing where kids can get free summer meals. Last year, the city began an aggressive program to offer free breakfast and lunch in housing projects, libraries, day camps and church groups. Only about one-fifth of the children who get free school meals during the academic year nationwide also get access to the summer meals.
"This is one of the biggest problems with summer meals - it's completely federally funded but drastically underutilized because there is a lack of outreach," said J. C. Dwyer, who helped organize the project while at the coalition.
The plotting of food resources was sparked by a 2006 project that mapped the city's soup kitchens and pantries. That technology drew wide interest from the social services community. "We started getting phone calls from people around the nation asking how to do it," said Mr. Dwyer, who now works in Texas.
Mr. Dwyer, along with a Eamon Johnson, a management consultant, and Brody Berg, a former Microsoft programmer, started Hungermaps.org. "I think there is large number of software developers out there who would want to do something more meaningful with their time," Mr. Dwyer said.
"With this we tried to hone in on a specific issue, one that I had a background in and one that is imminently mappable. You are talking about physical resources that exist," he said. "It's a logistical problem."
So far, they have 95 registered users on Hungermaps.org who have made some 250 maps.
"It does seem obvious. but the non-profit realm tends to be five years behind the technology curve," Mr. Dwyer said. "I think it speaks to tack of technology adoption by nonprofits. They are really risk adverse. They don't have a lot of money to throw around and make mistakes with."
The coalition said it has encountered skepticism about whether or not it makes sense to invest the resources in technology for low-income families.
Joel Berg, the executive director of the coalition, argues that indeed it is. "One pantry director told me that his clients actually now have more access to Internet than food," he said.
Monday, September 1, 2008
NY Times Coverage Spikes Interest in Mapping
As a result, NYCCAH has seen a massive increase in the use of their website - from 9,688 to 11,279 visits in the last year, most of which came this summer!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Feeding Massachusetts kids in the summer...
The neighborhood maps, which will soon be accessible through Project Bread's website, are created and edited exclusively by Project Bread staff using an enhanced version of our free mapping utility.
The maps also feature dynamic text listings to search within neighborhoods, and user-controlled URL naming, two new tools available to client organizations with custom map needs!
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Summer Meals, Pt. 1
Summer meals is one of the most underutilized anti-hunger programs in the nation - and one of the most accessible. It is a rare example of a federal program where the only real obstacle to participation is knowledge - knowledge that HungerMaps is happy to help spread.
Friday, May 30, 2008
The Future of Food Recovery
The audience seemed genuinely excited to take advantage of the new Seattle HungerMap (and we were genuinely excited to sit in the back and soak it in). Afterwards there was some excellent discussion about the future of food recovery in Seattle -- we hope to share some more news on that front soon.
Many thanks to Mark Musick and the FDC team for inviting us out!
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
HungerMaps highlighted at FRAC Conference
About this site
HungerMaps.org is a service to enable information exchange for the global community of organizations working to end hunger. We exist to help you share your data about local soup kitchens, food pantries, and emergency food programs. You can choose to share your data with the world or only a selected list of people.
- We're official!
- Full Text of NY Times Article
- NY Times Coverage Spikes Interest in Mapping
- Feeding Massachusetts kids in the summer...
- Summer Meals, Pt. 1
- The Future of Food Recovery
- HungerMaps highlighted at FRAC Conference
- More HungerMaps Mentions...
- HungerMaps unveils Seattle Food Recovery Initiativ...
- HungerMaps quoted by non-profit CPA firm