New tech strategies on the menu for Food Bank
It’s a huge responsibility to help feed those in need in Waterloo Region.
Last year, approximately four million pounds of food was distributed by the Food Bank of Waterloo Region through the Community Food Association Network, which consists of 100 community programs.
But even the Food Bank can use a little assistance when it comes to ensuring the needs of these programs and their participants are met.
Thanks to Capacity Canada’s new TechMatch program and the efforts of a team of volunteers from Manulife, the Food Bank now has the foundation to improve its day-to-day operations.
“They wanted a full evaluation of the current state of the systems they currently leverage and were open to new systems and technology solutions,” said Capacity Canada’s Bob Nieboer, a key facilitator of the program.
TechMatch connects technology professionals with non-profit organizations in a co-operative setting to develop new digital strategies.
This inaugural TechMatch team, which included Manulife and Food Bank staff members, met with Capacity Canada facilitators once a week over the course of four months. The program wrapped up in early January when a final report was presented to the Food Bank
“The Food Bank’s biggest issue was that they did not like their inventory system,” said Markus Bogad,