Twitter, AdRoll, Splunk, Lyft, SuccessFactors, Zendesk and Pinterest leverage Gigwalk’s app to serve homebound seniors in SF
SAN FRANCISCO, October 16, 2015 — Meals On Wheels of San Francisco (MOWSF) launched a tech savvy volunteer event today to serve the elderly living in Single-Room Occupancy Hotels (SROs) and the San Francisco Food Security Task Force (FSTF). Using the Gigwalk mobile app, volunteers from leading technology companies are delivering Disaster Preparedness Kits to homebound seniors in SROs across the City, while collecting critical data on living conditions, as part of the FSTF’s initiative to improve access to healthy and nutritious food for SRO residents.
Gigwalk’s location-based technology is directing volunteers to deliver more than 500 Disaster Preparedness Kits, containing a two-day supply of food, water, blanket, glow stick and whistle. Tech company partners include Gigwalk, Twitter, AdRoll, Splunk, Lyft, SuccessFactors, Zendesk and Pinterest. FSTF members represent 15 community based organizations and government agencies addressing hunger in San Francisco.
Compiling the data will be critical to driving community interventions by FSTF member agencies and guiding long-term policy recommendations to the Board of Supervisors. Twenty-four percent of seniors served by MOWSF have no other source of food – making the kits critical should a disaster delay meal deliveries.
“We’re thrilled to be working with local technology companies who’ve offered their time to ensure seniors are prepared in the event of a natural disaster,” said Danie Belfield, Director of Volunteers for Meals On Wheels of San Francisco. “Gigwalk’s app will enable volunteers to collect actionable data about living conditions, providing a new level of visibility into SRO conditions, so we can improve how we service seniors across the City.”
Twitter will be contributing the largest number of employee volunteers as part of its #FridayForGood campaign, a biannual company-wide day of service to their communities. Training prior to the event will take place at Twitter HQ and will be streamed live to all participating company teams.
“Tech companies need to spend time helping the communities where we work,” said Gigwalk CEO, David Hale. “Gigwalk is proud to partner with Meals on Wheels SF, the Food Security Task Force, and local tech companies to deliver disaster kits and to collect data about SRO conditions. Our work with MOWSF is an important part of Gigwalk for Good, our community outreach program.”
About Meals On Wheels of San Francisco (MOWSF)
Meals On Wheels of San Francisco and its volunteers provide seniors what they need to live independent and dignified lives – nutritious meals, professional social work and friendly human contact. This year we will deliver more than 1.5 million nutritious meals to homebound seniors living in every neighborhood of the city. Learn more at www.mowsf.org.
About the Food Security Task Force (FSTF) The San Francisco Food Security Task Force (FTSF) is an advisory body to the Board of Supervisors comprised of 15 public agencies and community-based organizations. The FSTF is responsible for recommending funding priorities, legislative action, and city policies to address hunger and enhance food security of San Francisco residents. To accomplish these goals, the FSTF is conducts annual assessments of the state of hunger and food insecurity in San Francisco with recommendations for funding, programs, and policy. Learn more at http://sfgov.org/sffood/
Gigwalk is a mobile platform for managing large distributed workforces, connecting the right people with the right work, anytime, anywhere. Gigwalk maximizes business efficiency and gives workers greater control and flexibility to make work better. Based in San Francisco, California, Gigwalk is backed by August Capital, Harrison Metal, Nokia Growth Partners, Randstad Innovation Fund, SoftTech, and Greylock. For more information, visit Gigwalk.com
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