When Jack Griffin launched an online search for volunteer opportunities at local shelters and food pantries, the results were confusing and didn’t tell him how, when, or where he could help. If it was that challenging to find places to volunteer, Griffin wondered, how do those in need of food and shelter find help? So Griffin created FoodFinder, a mobile and web app that makes it easier. The app is being used by social workers, school counselors and teachers in over 1,000 cities across the U.S. to connect food-insecure students and families to nearby food pantries, shelters and ministries.
“Receiving this award is very humbling. It shows me that what I contribute is bigger than myself, and that’s very much in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. His legacy of service, empathy, and kindness motivates me in my work to change the perception of poverty and hunger and to eliminate the shame and stigma surrounding these issues. Fighting the vicious cycle of poverty, a cycle steeped in institutional injustice, is something I am thankful to be a part of.”