Jack Griffin of Duluth developed FoodFinderGA, a free app that provides a private way to find the closest food resources throughout the state.

The app uses geolocation technology to quickly locate nearby providers such as food banks and cooperatives.

 When opened, the app determines the user’s location, which appears as a dot. Pins will pop up around the dot to indicate where to find food.

Griffin particularly focused on children who are food insecure, or their access to food is limited, unavailable or uncertain.

In 2013, Griffin was inspired by a segment on the CBS News show “60 Minutes” about a homeless family who lived in a truck. He felt a sense of urgency to help after he saw the children concerned about their next meal. He was 15 years old at the time.

“Those kids had to worry about daily hardships,” Griffin said. “I thought, ‘I can do a little more and build something new to make their lives easier.’” Continue reading