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WHY WE BUILT RANGE
It isn’t a straightforward answer.
We talk to people all the time. We talk to them on the phone, in sessions designed to generate places where technology can be helpful. We do research to understand key issues. We talked to people in the area of food recovery. We talked to individuals who provide community resources to police officers. And in that work, we learned how youth weren't benefiting from free meals served during the summer. And we had to act.
At the same time, we were talking about impact.
Our team talked about making sure we were helping people meet basic needs: food, shelter, and medical attention. We thought about measuring our impact by the number of solutions our team developed that focused on basic needs. We put those thoughts together and decided to create Range. For all of us, the problem of childhood hunger is unacceptable. And for some of us, our wonky hearts swelled thinking about organizing data, displaying it in neat intuitive ways, and providing it in all kinds of circumstances.
We learned the numbers. And we keep working.
The low number of youth who access summer meals is shocking. We knew we had to help. And, with an important first investment from Microsoft Corporate Citizenship, we started working on Range.
We received inspiration, feedback and moral support from:
Staff at the California Summer Meals Coalition
Librarians at the Oakland Public Library, CA
Staff at Food Rescue organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area
Staff at USDA Food and Nutrition Services
Staff at the California Department of Education
Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry Initiative
The data that powers Range is organized and published by Socrata.
Range was developed by JayStack
and FTW Group.
Range received in-kind and financial support from:
WHO IS BEHIND RANGE?
WHERE DOES THE DATA COME FROM?
Data is made available through a collaboration with the USDA. We store the data on Socrata so that we can use it in the app but also so that it can be available via an API to other developers. We'd love it if someone played with the food data or the library data. Map it against transit lines or against food deserts or against statistics about crimes against the person to keep creating useful tools. What insights can we gather when we start combining this data with knowledge we know about our communities?
We continue to consider how we might improve Range with resources that support youth. After adding Safe Places--all of America's public libraries--Range became useful year round for those seeking solace, safety, and knowledge. So far, medical and shelter information remain on our shortlist to add in the future. Please stay updated on our progress as we continue on this journey.
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