Earlier this year, at the Random Hacks of Kindness hackathon in Philadelphia, one team of hacker-activists (Katey Metzroth, Danny Chang and Tim Wisniewski) decided to address the challenge of helping low income Philadelphians find fresh produce in their communities.
The app they developed – PhillySNAP – makes use of the SMSified API to let people find SNAP retailers in their neighborhoods.
This innovative app was honored yesterday by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski as a winner in the Apps for Communities Challenge
A video overview of the PhillySNAP service can be seen below.
In addition, the team worked with the Philadelphia Department of Health and the Food Trust to disseminate information on the program to needy Philadelphians. Some of the Food Trust’s literature featuring PhillySNAP can be seen below.
Congratulations to the entire PhillySNAP team on a job well done!
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