Published on March 3, 2014
Range Find the nearest place in time and location for a youth to get a free meal
“…[I]n summer 2010, only 1 in 7 of the low-income children who depended on the National School Lunch Program during the school year had access to summer meals.” http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.summerlearning.org/resource/resmgr/Healthy_Summers_/NSLA_ _for_Kid.pdf?hhSearchTerms=risk+and+opportunity
Increased food insecurity during the summer can lead to a greater summer learning gap. Children can gain weight -- two to three times as much during the summer months. http://www.summermealcoalition.org/about-us/why-summer-meals/
How can we increase access to summer meals?
Range is a mobile app that displays the time and place where summer meals are served.
We are reaching out to trusted adults – a librarian, public parks employee, community volunteer – to direct those in need of free meals during the summer.
A map view displays summer lunch locations.
Quickly view information about the locations, with an option to see more, star or check for later sharing.
A detail view provides more information about the site and the program offered.
Items that you have checked can be shared via text or email.
The recipient receives a text or email with location information.
Over time, we will add comparable information about shelter and nonemergency medical help.
Increase the number of lowincome youth who access summer meals.
Increase the number of accurate referrals.
Increase specific community knowledge about summer meals.
Spring 2014: Technical May 15 • v 1.1 • Use in limited broadband areas • Usage tracking • Limited feedback options implemented March 30 • v .9 • CA 2013 test data • Windows Phone 8, iOS, Android May 1 • v 1.0 • Add Hunger Hotline • Data standards published • Sendgrid and Twilio integration
Spring 2014: Outreach March 15 May 15 • v .9 • Complete website • Complete collateral • Provide demos to key partners • Launch newsletter • v 1.1 • Promote in social media • Provide off-line ads and collateral to community leaders • Continue PR campaign May 1 • v 1.0 • Outreach to school administrators • Outreach to community leaders • Outreach to related nonprofit organizations • Begin PR campaign
Summer 2014 • Monitor downloads and usage • Manage additional product releases if necessary • Engage help desk support to ensure data quality and accuracy • Monitor summer meals engagement, as possible
Range has received financial support from: Microsoft Corporate Citizenship, http://www.microsoft.com/about/corporatecitizenship/en-us/ We received inspiration, feedback and moral support from: Staff at the California Summer Meals Coalition | Librarians in the Oakland, CA Library system | Staff at Food Rescue Organizations around the San Francisco Bay Area | Staff in USDA Food and Nutrition Services | Staff in California Department of Education | The prototype version of Range was built by: FTW Group, http://www.ftwgroup.com Version 1.0+ is built and maintained by: JayStack, http://jaystack.com Range is brought to you by: Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup Global We make apps that increase the public good.
Caravan Studios is a division of TechSoup Global, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
We hope you will connect with us at: @caravanstudios http://www.caravanstudios.org and @techsoup http://www.techsoupglobal.org
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