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
This was originally a mapping tool built in 2014 by the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council (FPAC) in partnership with the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger and has since re-launched. 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 lobbying the City to create a budget for it- the Mayor stated 17k people have used the tool so far in the 1,000 day report; its impact can be exponentially increased. The current site structure is not that clear, but is a good step in the right direction – and there’s a lot of resources. The next step would be to get it to wider adoption, and for this to happen we need to focus on 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 NEEDED: 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.