v2 RE-LAUNCH by the Food Policy Advisory Council (FPAC, https://phillyfpac.org/), Hunger Coalition, and supported by me (12/28/18)
Philly Food Finder
We're taking Philly Food Finder over from the Mayor's Office/Hunger Coalition/FPAC as they have officially discontinued support and thus the resources may be outdated. The 2014-2018 version served to help 17k people gain greater access to food. The 2019 version, which is about to be migrated off of Google Sites and ArcGIS due to discontinued support from FPAC, has served 5k people and was very well received. Had it not been for us, the site would have served 0 in 2019 since the map stopped working and was inaccessible. Good news is, my team and I at Key Medium found a great nonprofit, the largest food bank in the area, to commit to providing an updated list of some 350 sites where people can access food, along with 50 farm markets they're at. It would be interesting to potentially tie this into #resource-philly-map in some way, along with Grounded in Philly (https://groundedinphilly.org) to further propel the community resource ecosystem we previously rebranded/launched earlier in the spring (15k people served there so far).
As an unfunded project, it can use all the support it can get. Looking for collaboration to help improve its adoption, ideas to spread awareness, and potential support with enabling the City's largest food bank to gain monetary support for this effort to maximize its impact even further.
We'll need wider adoption, and for this to happen we have to focus on reaching people where they are (ie. does it need an Instagram?)—and delivering a great experience for users on their journey towards solving A) immediate food needs, B) charting a sustainable path to food security for themselves and their families, and C) connecting interested parties (like us) with advocacy tools and resources. CONTRIBUTIONS ENVISIONED: Messaging review/copyediting, site structure and sitemap redevelopment, proposal of a new user flow, development of advocacy tools and resources, and media/press outreach once the site is fixed
Twenty-two percent of Philadelphians are food insecure — unsure of where their next meal is coming from.
The Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council’s Anti-Hunger Subcommittee saw the need for a food resources toolkit that consolidated information about how to get affordable, healthy food in Philadelphia. So it gathered and compiled reliable information about different types of food resources for a project now known as Philly Food Finder.
Philly Food Finder is a resource listed for children and families
In September 2014, FPAC’s Anti-Hunger Subcommittee partnered with the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger and Hack4Impact to develop an interactive, online version of the food resources toolkits. Hack4Impact is a University of Pennsylvania student group doing in-kind web development for nonprofit organizations. A small team of students spent five months creating PhillyFoodFinder.org, which offers online access to a comprehensive map of food resources that is searchable by address.