VCU Student Creates an App for Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank

Updated: Mar 31, 2020

Yousef Haggy, a Riverbend High School graduate, has designed an app for the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank. The app offers information on how to get assistance from local food pantries and directions on how to get there. The app is free and can be downloaded on both Apple and Android devices.

Haggy first helped the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank his senior year in high school. His computer class helped to design an online food safety training program. Haggy now attends Virginia Commonwealth University and in his free time was looking for meaningful projects to work on. He got back in touch with the food bank to ask if he could create an app.

The app only took about 3 weeks to develop and another month to get published. The app,

called FredFoodVA, provides a list of hunger assistance programs that partner with the food bank. It also includes information about each pantry, including hours of operation. Once a pantry is selected, the app coordinates with the map app on the phone to provide directions. FredFoodVA provides push notifications if there are any pantry changes, pop up pantries, or new pantries in the area.

FredFoodVA is available now for download. Atiye Chappell, Director of Strategic Initiatives at the food bank, feels the app is an important addition because it “provides real-time, convenient access to services in the area for people who need help and may not have access to computers to find information. It will take a community effort to solve hunger and we are so grateful to Yousef for donating his skills to help fight hunger.”

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