Lithonia Teen Designs App to Help Food Banks, Wins Contest


Originally published in The DeKalb Neighbor – January 2, 2018

A DeKalb County student and Lithonia resident recently designed an app to streamline how food banks manage their inventory and won the 2017 Fourth District (GA) Congressional App Challenge in the process.

When 16-year-old Georgia Cyber Academy student Jonathan Daniel was volunteering at a local food bank, he noticed that product tracking process was slow and inefficient, so he set out to design a digital app to help. “It took me about a month and half from start to finish to design and code the app,” Daniel said. “I saw how they were originally counting products on paper, so I worked on the TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program) app.”

Daniel tweaked the app according to what the food bank needed, designing files to be saved on spreadsheets and allowing the process to move from paper to digital files.

As he was working on the app, Daniel’s mother saw information about the App Challenge in a newspaper and encouraged him to enter the contest. Daniel won the challenge and will be honored at the Fernbank Science Center and will showcase his app at the U.S. capitol.

Daniel said his future goals include attending college, perhaps at M.I.T. or Georgia Tech, and studying software development. For now, though, Daniel is focused on his dual enrollment at Georgia Cyber Academy and Georgia State University, where he will be a teaching assistant next semester, and working on a local robotics team.

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