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Young Innovators: Getting Food to Those in Need

Gordon Institute students’ startup FoodEase hopes to help communities struck by natural disasters
FoodEase team members, from left, Christina Holman, Lee Ann Song, Ashton Stephens, Earn Khunpinit, and Sai Wang. “All of us on the team find it heartbreaking to see people who are hungry because of failures in food delivery and storage,” said Holman.

Homes reduced to rubble by tornadoes, neighborhoods flooded by historic storms surges, and thousands of lives claimed by hurricanes—the news offers unrelenting reminders that natural disasters upend lives without warning, leaving communities scrambling to provide basic necessities—including access to food and water.

The startup FoodEase offers an integrated solution that combines grassroots preparedness training for community networks with a versatile digital dashboard that identifies who needs food, where they are, and how to get it.

It’s the brainchild of Christina Holman, Earn Khunpinit, Lee Ann Song, Ashton Stephens, and Sai Wang—all students in the Master of Science in Innovation and Management program at the Tufts Gordon Institute. FoodEase recently tied for second place in the social impact category of the $100k New Ventures competition, hosted by the Gordon Institute’s Entrepreneurship Center at the School of Engineering.

Read the full Tufts Now article here.