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Transitioning El Buen Samaritano to a Digital Data Collection Platform

Project Description

Through our project, we aimed to facilitate and simplify the food distribution and data management process for the local food pantry, El Buen Samaritano. By implementing a technological solution, we hoped to improve the inventory system that the organization is currently using. Shifting from the current pen-and-paper system to a digital system, the non-profit organization will be able to minimize redundancy and effectively record and analyze data for expanding its services. 

Project Sponsor – El Buen Samaritano

El Buen Samaritano (EBS) is a non-profit organization offering food, clothes, and services to the Worcester community. EBS has also provided housing support, translation service, immigration assistance, and COVID-19 supplies in recent years.

Student Researchers

Caleb Talley

Chris Cook

Janie Leung

Olivia Rockrohr

Is part of the class of 2023 and is studying Mechanical Engineering. A native of Worcester

Is part of the class of 2023 and is studying Robotics Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. A native of New York.

Is part of the class of 2023 and is studying Robotics Engineering. An international student from Hong Kong.

Is part of the class of 2023 and is studying Electrical and Computer Engineering. A native of New York.

Project Goal and Objectives

Our project goal was to develop a technological solution for El Buen Samaritano that facilitates data collection, storage, and analysis. We aimed to provide an improved system that will simplify the daily operation in El Buen Samaritano and assist in gaining increased funding and grants.

To design and implement the solution, our team has identified the following objectives:

Understand logistical operations at EBS Objective

Identify EBS requirements for data collection

Learn about data collection tools at other food pantries

Determine the best digital platform for data collection

Develop a plugin to interface the data submission portal.

Final Report and Deliverables

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