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App fixes volunteer woes of Food from the Heart

Mobile app's creators among 8 winners of contest on use of geospatial technology

Published on Jun 29, 2014 7:55 AM
A group of five friends - (from left) Mr Leonard Yeo, Mr Rawwinton Tan, Mr Sivakumar Palaniappan, Ms Mabel Chew and Mr C.J. Lee - developed the app to help reallocate delivery routes to volunteers from Food from the Heart. It was one of eight winners at the GeoHackathon held earlier this month. -- PHOTO: UP SINGAPORE

About 100 Food from the Heart (FFTH) volunteers are needed to collect unsold bread from bakeries and deliver them to beneficiaries at some 180 locations islandwide every day.

The challenge is compounded when regular volunteers are overseas and replacements - sometimes up to 40 - are needed.

Coordinating the deliveries from 100 bakeries to welfare homes and self-collection centres while being short-handed is something that FFTH hopes to avoid each day.

A group of five friends, however, may just have the solution: a mobile app.

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"It will help reduce the time needed to find a replacement volunteer, enabling us to reach out to more volunteers, because the request for a replacement is blasted out to a wider pool of people."

Food from the Heart executive director ANSON QUEK