Houston Food Bank Receives 2021-2022 Imagine Grant from Amazon Web Services (AWS) | Texas News

HOUSTON, January 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Houston Food Bank is proud to announce that it is a recipient of a 2021-2022 Amazon Web Services (AWS) Imagine Grant that honors the vision and work of nonprofit organizations as they seek to improve their communities and the world with the help of cloud technology.

The Houston Food Bank (HFB) has been recognized in the Go further, faster category for the launch of a cloud-native digital logistics platform to better serve vulnerable populations facing food insecurity, which has been greatly exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Each winner in this category receives up to $150,000 in unrestricted financing, up to $100,000 in AWS Promotional Credit and Essential Engagement with AWS Technical Specialists.

Since the launch of the Imagine Grant program in 2018, AWS has awarded more than $4.5 million cash, AWS promotional credit, and AWS training support to 46 nonprofit organizations.

“AWS was incredibly inspired by the innovative thinking we saw in the applications received this year. All nonprofits share a commitment to solving some of our world’s greatest challenges,” said Dave Levy, Vice President of Nonprofits, Healthcare, and US Government at AWS. “We look forward to collaborating with our winners to help them create and reinvent new and existing cloud-based solutions that will have a meaningful impact on communities around the world.”

Houston Food Bank’s mission is to provide food for a better life to those suffering from food insecurity and hunger in its 18 southeast counties. Texas service area. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, HFB has had to modify its business model in order to safely and efficiently meet the sustained and greatly increased needs of our community. One of these operational changes has been to deliver food directly to customers in these 18 counties, a change brought about by several factors: customers without access to transportation, customers who are medically quarantined, customers who may have disabilities that preventing access, elderly people who have not felt comfortable traveling during the pandemic, or children learning at home, unable to access traditional school meals.

HFB started delivering meals in March 2020 as part of its response to COVID-19 through partnerships with volunteers, staff, corporate donors and organizations such as CrowdSource Rescue, Task Rabbit and Amazon. This pilot is a success: to date, more than 2.3 million meals have been delivered to people in need.

HFB’s home delivery platform operates using a cloud-native serverless architecture that includes heavy use of AWS services (AWS Lambda, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon API Gateway, AWS Amplify, etc.), with a responsive mobile web interface written in React/Typescript. The client side is divided into four responsive web applications, each with a different function: home delivery management, pantry management, customer orders, and driver deliveries. All of these applications use shared components and APIs that communicate with each other based on different users. Houston Food Bank partners with Pariveda Solutions as a technology partner for the implementation of the platform. The project is an extension of capabilities on top of an existing manual process to deliver food to customers.

HFB applied for the Imagine grant to digitally improve its process, connect submitted orders to the pantry closest to the customer, and manage delivery operations more efficiently, with a focus on time management and delivery logistics.

“With the success of our home delivery operations, Houston Food Bank’s goal now is to expand operations to expand home delivery for greater reach and impact,” said President- CEO of HFB. Brian Greene. “Additionally, with the proposed enhancements, we hope to move to using volunteers for this important service instead of third-party delivery providers, and to deliver food using the Customer Choice Model, where customers can select foods based on their personal, cultural, and dietary preferences. We are grateful to AWS and Pariveda Solutions for their support and expertise as we continue to find new ways to solve the age-old problem of hunger and work toward our vision. end of a world that no longer needs food banks.

For more information about the AWS Imagine grant, visit https://aws.amazon.com/government-education/nonprofits/aws-imagine-grant-program/.

For more information about Houston Food Bank and its services, visit www.houstonfoodbank.org.

About Pariveda Solutions

Pariveda is a consulting firm that solves complex technology and business problems by aligning our goal of people development with our clients’ mission. As an employee-owned company, our people are naturally curious, driven and comfortable with complexity. We are committed to helping our clients identify, design and develop custom solutions to help their organization succeed today and in the future. Based at Dallas, TX, we live and work in major cities across North America. To learn more about how we develop custom solutions to help organizations succeed, visit our website: www.parivedasolutions.com.

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About the Houston Food Bank

Portion Houston and southeast Texas Since 1982, Houston Food Bank’s mission has been to provide food for a better life. In the past fiscal year, which includes the COVID-19 response, we provided access to 207 million nutritious meals in 18 counties through our more than 1,800 community food pantry, soup kitchen, social service providers and schools. Filling the gaps on the plates, we focus on healthy foods and fresh produce. Together with our community, we advocate for policy change and racial equity, and encourage dialogue about ways to increase access to food and improve the lives of members of our communities, including services and connections to programs that address the root causes of hunger and aim to help families achieve long-term stability: nutrition education, job training, health management, and assistance in getting help funded by the state. We are a resource for individuals and families in times of difficulty. Houston Food Bank works alongside our partner food banks in Montgomery County, Galveston County, Brazos Valley, and Trinity River region. Houston Food Bank is a certified member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network, with a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.

Website .houstonfoodbank.org/about-us/milestones/; Social media: @houstonfoodbank (Instagram and Twitter), @thehoustonfoodbank (Facebook)

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