Tampa Bay Non-profit Helping solve Hunger Problem

WTSP Channel 10 News
Emerald Morrow,  December, 2014

A Tampa Bay area non-profit is doing its part to help eliminate hunger by creating software that helps save food that would otherwise be wasted or thrown out. - WTSP Channel 10 News in Tampa Bay, Florida covers Meet The Need.

TAMPA, Florida -- A Tampa Bay area non-profit is doing its part to help eliminate hunger by creating software that helps save food that would otherwise be wasted or thrown out.

 

Jim Morgan, founder of Meet the Need, said his company has partnered with Feeding America, a national network of food banks to develop an online food rescue marketplace. According to Feeding America, that digital marketplace will connect local retailers with excess food to food banks who distribute to the needy.

"Rather than have it dumped out and expire like it does typically, let's get that food in the hands of agencies and food banks and shelters that can feed the hungry," said Morgan, who previously left a lucrative career in the corporate world to help those in need. "Feeding the hungry, taking care of the poor is a far more important issue than making money for a CEO."

 

Feeding America Tampa Bay executive director Thomas Mantz said technological developments like this are not only welcome, but are needed to increase efficiency so that donated food gets to those who need it most.

"We're always looking to get better at what we do, more efficient at what we do, be better stewards of the dollars given to us," said Mantz. "Software like Meet the Need creates helps all of us get better at what we do."

Feeding America recently received a $1.6 million grant to continue using technology to address hunger.

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