In order to source more meals, Feeding America has developed MealConnect, a technology platform that maximizes network capacity, prevents meals from ending up in landfills and empowers food donors to notify their local food bank when they have food available.
It is our promise that the MealConnect general platform will always be free for our users.
Then MealConnect is perfect for you. We developed the real-time model specifically for sporadic food donations. In partnership with Google.org, we are simplifying food recovery for companies large and small. Once you have created a free account on MealConnect, you can quickly post product from anywhere.
In partnership with Google.org we are using innovation to take on domestic hunger.
Food rescue has been our thing since 1979. The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks secures and distributes more than 3 billion meals each year through food pantries and meal programs throughout the United States and leads the nation to engage in the fight against hunger.
Our network not only provides us with a unique logistical advantage but also experience and expertise that is reflected in MealConnect.
Feeding America network of food banks serves more than 46 million people each year. We have a responsibility to ensure that every person who comes to us for help is provided with food that is safe to feed their families. That is why food safety is a foundational aspect of our work to end hunger, and we are committed to it because we are committed to improving the lives of the people we serve.
To encourage companies and organizations to donate healthy food that would otherwise go to waste, they are protected from criminal and civil liability under the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act. Read more
While MealConnect is easy and convenient to use, we do offer training. It is also important to make donating food a priority and part of everyday culture. Something as simple as leaving a note by the waste bins can help eliminate waste.
MealConnect is a web based application which requires no installation so there are only three things you need to use the software.
Your computer can be a desktop, laptop or any other variation. It can have any common operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux etc). You can also use the software on almost any tablet computer or smart phone that has internet access.
Because the software is web based you will need access to the internet in order to access the application. We recommend a broadband connection however MealConnect is fast and can still be accessed on slower connections.
You will already have your favorite web browser such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Internet Explorer. The good news is that MealConnect will work on all recent versions of these browsers.
We are methodically testing the real-time food recovery component of MealConnect. If you are an interested donor please let us know. This will help us determine our geographic rollout and keep you informed of our progress.