In response to the growing hunger crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic, we set out to create and launch the first comprehensive, open-source, and crowd-sourced map of free meal sites in the U.S. - and we built it from the ground up in about 9 days.
In March 2020, WhyHunger's national Hotline saw a 320% increase in calls from desperate seniors, parents, workers and new unemployed people struggling to feed themselves and their families, unsure where to turn. Food insecurity has become one of the most immediate challenges of the economic fallout. Searching for ways to help, 10x Management co-founder, Michael Solomon, reached out to friend and humanitarian and mapping guru, Greg Sadetsky. With Greg's knack for innovation and rich history in web mapping, the two connected with fellow 10xer, Collin Wren and approached the non-profit, WhyHunger. Michael has had a long relationship with WhyHunger and knew they would be just the right partner with their 45-year history of innovative anti-hunger work and having already built the most comprehensive database of food access organizations in the U.S. With COVID-19 meal sites popping up weekly and food pantries pivoting their hours and operations to meet growing needs, the team set up to create something dynamic enough to help connect anyone in need with free, local food and give everyone who wants to help a seamless way to make a difference - from home.
WhyHunger is a nonprofit that believes a world without hunger is possible. The organization provides critical resources to support grassroots movements and fuel community solutions rooted in social, environmental, racial and economic justice. WhyHunger is working to end hunger and advance the human right to nutritious food in the U.S. and around the world. Providing the groundwork for this project, WhyHunger maintains a database of tens of thousands of organizations in the U.S. that provide free food services to those most in need, along with a national Hotline 1-800-5HUNGRY and texting service.
Greg Sadetsky is a renowned developer with a history of using his expertise to benefit the greater good. In 2018, he received the United States Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award for developing custom mapping software to aid Hurricane Harvey rescue efforts as a volunteer. He co-founded a web mapping startup that was sold to Apple in 2010 and ultimately became Apple Maps, making him the perfect person to get involved with this project.
Colin Wren is an engineer with expertise in a number of coding languages and frontend technologies. With over 8 years of experience building websites and rich web applications, he is a key addition to building this map and the associated crowdsourcing tools.
10x Management is an agency representing the world's best freelance developers, data scientists, blockchain experts, designers, app specialists & more. Greg Sadetsky and Colin Wren are both 10x clients, which is how they connect to 10x co-founder, Michael Solomon.