Professional software developer Dave Cates founded Foodbank, an app that notifies users to the food demand of their local food banks using a colour coded shopping list. Items labelled red are required, items in amber are in short supply and items that are well stocked are labelled in green. The app is currently used by 15% of all UK food banks.
Since using the app, some food banks have enjoyed a 100% increase in donations and because the technology operates in real time, it can decrease the instances in which they run out of essential items. Users of the app can also make financial donations directly to their local food bank using the app via its JustGiving function.
Dave is also the founder of Redemption Media, a software development and consultancy business based in Sheffield that works with start-ups and large corporates. The company has had a number one app in the Apple App Store in more than 10 global regions – and downloaded over 800,000 times.
By streamlining the donation process and allowing food banks to easily and effectively communicate with donors, Dave and his technological innovation is helping them meet the needs of some of society’s most vulnerable people.