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Matt Pope, Parallel’s Technical Lead, took home a prize in the 2014 $1 Million Salesforce Hackathon with an innovative web mapping application designed to improve access to healthy local food in food banks, shelters and other emergency food distribution organizations. Specifically, the application provides a portal for organizations in need to connect in real time with local fresh fruit the moment is has been harvested and is available.

The map based application is integrated with the Salesforce CRM, Twilio SMS services, and Twitter to enable the harvesting organization to utilize powerful Salesforce tools for recording harvest data and the recipient organizations to connect using simple and accessible mobile tools such as SMS and Twitter.

Details

Category

Application

Date

October 15, 2014

Created by

Matt Pope

The idea for this app came from my volunteer work with City Fruit, a non-profit organization that harvests backyard fruit in 5 Seattle neighborhoods and delivers it to food banks, shelters, senior centers, and others.

Our 3 harvesters, that already use Salesforce1 to log their harvests and deliveries, and donation site coordinators are the target users. Currently these coordinators have limited ability to see what we are harvesting in their area and to request that we deliver them fruit. This leads to missed opportunities to keep the fruit as local as possible, causes smaller organizations to get passed over, and leaves our harvesters to spend too much time on delivery logistics.

I was inspired by the amazing work that both the City Fruit team and the donation site staff do. They need and deserve the highest quality tools to make their operations more efficient so they can do more good with donation dollars.

Matt Pope