Over the past few months, Meal Forward, a Silicon Valley non-profit organization, has been raising funds to connect the community during the pandemic. Many people including frontline workers have lost easy access to foods, and restaurants have been closing down all due to the pandemic. That is why Meal Forward has been receiving donations to help both problems simply; Meal forward gives 100% of funds to the restaurants, which deliver meals to the beneficiaries. Starting from May, Meal Forward has spent almost $50K (out of $72K+ raised) to support restaurants, delivering almost 4K quality meals. These meals have aided many seniors, the underprivileged, and frontline workers.
“This is just the beginning,” Jeong-Suh Choi, the President of Meal Forward argues. “Hunger isn’t just a temporary problem we are facing during the pandemic. It’s a perpetual problem the global community has been suffering from.” In fact, there are many different organizations, addressing the same problem in a similar way. However, the entire process of connecting donors, restaurants, and beneficiaries includes laborious coordination work via phone calls and emails. Differently, Meal Forward’s aspiration is to help leverage the technology to automate the process.
Automating the process is easier said than done. Hiring tech experts to create a platform is expensive, and Meal Forward needed volunteers. Choi came up with an idea to make this a fellowship program, so he could assemble the first batch of tech volunteers, who plan to release their first platform in mid-September. The 31 volunteers who have signed up are all from different backgrounds; they come from 20+ different companies, in six different cities, and from four different time zones. This fellowship program has gathered multiple people from different backgrounds to aid the hungry, and will continue to do so even after COVID-19.
Thanks to Meal Forward, restaurants can avoid closing down, and people from the community can have their shares of food.