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Friday, October 6 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
FoodFinder: A Mobile Approach to Ending Food Insecurity

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"FoodFinder is a safe, secure and award-winning mobile and web app that gives food insecure children and their families a way to find free resources quickly. With just a tap, FoodFinder is hoping to have a solution that is one step closer to fighting poverty in the United States. The idea for the app came from Jack Griffin in 2013, when he was 15 years old, after watching a 60 Minutes interview of a 12 year old girl and her 10 year old brother. The children and their parents were homeless and constantly trying to find means for their next meal. Jack didn’t have an idea of what children living in poverty even looked like. In January 2014, he started researching Georgia poverty, and the homeless services coordinator for the Gwinnett County Public Schools informed him that there are children living in spaces meant for boxes and furniture. After being exploited out of what little money they have by cheap, unsafe hotels, storage units are the last resort for poor families if they want a roof over their head. Jack, like many others, had no idea the kinds of struggles that happen to other families right down the street from him.

After watching this piece, Jack decided to help kids in his own community. He wanted to join in the fight against child hunger and food insecurity in Georgia, but he sought to do something more than just volunteering at a food bank. He wanted to do something that would serve many kids and would last."

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Jeff Griffin

EVP Retail Media Networks, STRATACACHE
Jeff Griffin combines brand and sales management leadership at 4 Fortune 50 CPG companies with the rapid growth of 5 venture- and private-equity funded digital startups. | | Currently helping STRATACACHE develop new in-store media and mobile consumer networks inside the world’s largest retailers, Griffin develops strategic alliances with the top brands in the $4 Trillion North America retail market. | | Since 1999, Griffin has been recruited to lead new retail businesses and drive fast revenue growth at 5 startups in the mobile, ecommerce media, digital place-based media, crowd-sourced retail intelligence, and shopper insights industries. Jeff helped these new companies deliver over $1 Billion in new revenue from clients spanning the top 50 global retailers and the top 50 fast-moving consumer goods brands in the US. | | Selected accomplishments include... Read More →
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Jack Griffin

BOD Member and Founder, Food Finder
Jack Griffin is a junior at the University of Michigan, and the founder of FoodFinder. | | FoodFinder is a national 501c3 nonprofit that uses an award-winning smartphoneapp and website (www.FoodFinder.us) to help food insecure kids and families findtheir closest free food resource based only on their current location, completelyprivately. Since its launch in 2014, FoodFinder has served over 20,000 kids,teachers, and parents in all 50 states.For his efforts with FoodFinder, Jack has been recognized with the TedXUofM Prize,the Technology Association of... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
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