Cuvva, which is an insurance provider, has launched a ‘food bank finder’ feature in it app to help customers support people hardest hit by the pandemic.
Chloe Shakesby

Facing COVID-19: The insurance company adapting its app to support food banks

A London insurance app has introduced a new feature to help support food banks in the UK.

Cuvva, which is an insurance provider, has launched a ‘food bank finder’ feature in it app to help customers support people hardest hit by the pandemic.

It has said that food banks across the UK are struggling to keep up with demand as support needs increase.

Loren Gould, marketing director at Cuvva, commented: “People are relying on food banks to get by more than ever but food banks are facing a continued uphill battle with severe shortages in food donations and a sharp decline in volunteers.

“The Food Finder feature is aimed at making food banks more accessible, so customers can locate their nearest food bank and safely donate food on their way home from an essential grocery shopping trip.

“We were able to build the feature in a few days as we reworked an existing feature and we used a public API from Give Food.”

Give Food, which is supplying the up-to-date data is a UK-based charity that supplies food to food banks.

Jason Cartwright, founder of Give Food said: “Even before coronavirus became a problem UK food banks were experiencing unprecedented demand, and the recent situation has created a crisis for those in our communities, who are least able to cope.

“We’re proud to be able to help Cuvva leverage their tech to allow their users to discover what food banks near to them are requesting.”

The Food Bank Finder features a map, highlighting the 10 nearest food banks located in one’s surrounding vicinity, including addresses, contact numbers and what food items are most needed.

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