Donate something edible

Visit the Edible Giving website and you can tell it what sort of food you have to donate (fresh or unopened non-perishable items) and then it will show you all the relevant locations on a map. If you are in need of food you can set it to show you distribution locations, or you can see places where you could volunteer your time. It’s a website I built in about a week, and progress is ongoing. Often I want to support organisations that are helping people in the local area and it’s great to do that in ways other than money. However to do that I need to know what organisations exist around me, and check each of their websites for the locations and opening times.

 

A Durham Foodbank collection pointAt the Open Data camp last month I had conversations about an idea that’s been in my mind for a while, a website that brings together all the locations from different organisations that deal with food donations. Combining open data feeds allows the organisations to maintain the information themselves so the Edible Giving website stays fresh and relevant. Learning from OpenStreetMap history, if the data doesn’t exist you can build a website to display it and that will cause or encourage people to add the data. I hope others do help provide the data either directly into files hosted by Edible Giving or set up a URL that it can understand. This is a great opportunity for developers, or just those technically confident in using a website like Geojson.io, to make friends and work to support their local organisations. Please do get in touch with me if you can help supply some data or do some work to research and format results.

There’s lots of improvements and features planned for the website and at least some of them should get done when I’m not too busy with client work. The biggest addition would be a login area to easily click & add new locations or manage existing ones, that’s going to be a long way off but might come in from another project I’m working on. I’m happy to hear suggestions on ways the website can be improved, I’ve already started prioritising a growing list.

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