Food For Thought App

Each Saturday, The DC chapter of Food Not Bombs takes excess food donations from local grocers to cook and distribute meals at the only DC park that allows food donations.

In order to fight hunger and reduce food waste, we created a system that connects volunteers with food donors to easily integrate into their lifestyles.

  • Role User Research, UX Design
  • For Food Not Bombs DC
  • Type User Experience
  • Exhibition 2017 American University Design Show

The Problem

The United States wastes 1/3 of the food it produces. In grocery stores, a large quantity of its food products gets thrown out. We initially thought the solution was in the hands of just the grocers.

Learn Behaviors

We realized this is a two-person problem

The Solution

The app Food for Thought connects volunteers with food donors. It
allows volunteers to find food pick-ups that work with their availability, schedule
food pick-ups through the app, and and get directly in contact with donors.

It’s a two-person process

STEP 1: Donors – Post your food donations.
STEP 2: Volunteers – Find a donor that fits your needs. Send a pick-up request.
STEP 3: Donors: Accept their request and await the date.
STEP 4: Volunteers: When the time comes, head on over there

Mission: Complete. How Food For Thoughtful!

Refine Interactions

User testing with paper prototypes showed us:

  1. How can donors best see they have a pick-up request?

  2. When filling out request or post information, is all info needed?

  3. Users weren’t sure what to do next after making a post. Then what?

  4. Do donors having one-time posting vs weekly ones create confusion?

Team Members

My Role
UX design (wireframes)
User research (interviews, storyboards)
Videographer (script, storyboards, filming)

Milvia Herrera
UX/UI design, user research (interviews)

Julienne DeVita
UX/UI design, logo design, video editing