App designed to feed Norfolk

the We Feed Norfolk app claims to be like "Uber" for the Foodbank.

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- One out of seven people in Hampton Roads relies on a foodbank to make ends meet.

It's especially difficult to meet the need in the summertime when donations are down. So, a Norfolk company came up with a new app to help. It's called We Feed Norfolk.

One of the creators, David Richards, says it's getting tested for the first time this Saturday in Larchmont. A Boy Scout troop will distribute specially-designed bags to people who live in that area. Those people download the app, fill the bags with food
and use the app to let the scouts know the have food for pickup the next week.

All the donations will go on the the shelves of the foodbank.

Richards says he hopes the program will be successful and grow to other communities.

"We're going to build kind of pick up teams based on which neighborhoods have the most registered users," he explains.

That's great news to the folks at Hampton Roads' three foodbanks. Marianne Smith Vargas from the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore says it's a great way to use technology to help meet a need.

"People are so technologically savvy that it will great for them to be able to say yes come pick up food that I've put out on my door," she says.

Anyone can download and use the new app, even if you don't live in the test area.

Click here for more information on We Feed Norfolk.

The developers hope their app can be adapted for any city.


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